Talha Bin Habib
The government has planned to establish a printing industrial hub at Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj under public-private partnership considering the potential of the sector that could immensely help export earnings, said a high official of the ministry of industries (MoI).
With this end in view, the MoI, following the proposal of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), held a meeting with the printing sector representatives and concerned department officials recently on how to push the initiative forward.
The meeting in principle has agreed to set up a printing industrial town considering the huge prospect of the sector as it has been flourishing for the last few years.
“We asked the BSCIC to restructure the project proposal and sign a memorandum of understanding with the printing industry association,” Joint Chief (Planning) of the MoI Luftor Rahman Tarafder told the FE.
He said after getting the restructured proposal from the BSCIC, the MoI will send it to the ministry of planning (MoP) for final approval.
Initially the proposed printing industrial town will be established on 50 acres of land.
The initial cost of the project has been fixed at Tk 1.87 billion for construction of roads, side walls, dumping houses and connection of power and gas supply lines.
The printing industry association (BPIA) will bear 90 per cent of the total cost and rest of the amount will be provided by the government.
General Secretary of BPIA AFM Shah Alam said there will be 419 industrial plots under four categories.
The park will be fully established within the next four years. The A category will be 6000 square feet having 37 plots while B category is 4500 square feet with 77 plots, C category is 3000 square feet with 253 plots and S category will be different sizes of 52 plots.