Construction of hi-tech park in Khulna likely to begin in July
KHULNA, May 20: The construction work of hi-tech park is likely to begin in the city by July this year.
Information and Communication Technology Ministry has taken initiative to construct the park on 4.15 acres of land of the closed Dada Match Factory in the city involving Tk 154 crore, said an official.
The government tried in the last 10 years to build the park, but it was not possible for land-related complications, the official also said.
Located near the bank of the Rupsha River at East Rupsha area in the city, Dada Match Factory was established on 18 acres of land in 1955. The factory was closed due to ownership feud and other issues on August, 2010. The district administration took over the supervision charge since then, the official added.
Aiming to expand employment for the educated youth, the three years long project will be completed in June, 2021.
Project Director of Khulna Hi-Tech Park Md Golam Mostofa said, a consultancy firm under the ICT Ministry is now preparing design and drawing. Tender for construction of the park will be called in the last week of next June.
A seven-storied building of 20,000 square feet and a three-storied building of 18,000 sq ft along with others infrastructures including garage, roads and a dormitory will be built, he said.
While talking to The Daily Observer, Khulna Deputy Commissioner Md Helal Hossain said the project has been approved by ECNEC six months back involving Tk 154 crore. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the project in the next July.
The government will patronise local ICT entrepreneurs. At least 400 youths, who have taken freelancer and ICT-based training from Khulna District Administration under the capacity building project, will be provided with jobs here. About 7,500 educated youths will get job after completion of the project.
The park, facilitating with modern equipments, will be implemented to fulfil the dream of educated youths of the region to become self-reliant through using ICT, he said.
Earlier on April last, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak visited the spot.