Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed all concerned not to establish any industry in Sonadia, saying that only ecotourism will be developed in the island of Cox’s Bazar.
The prime minister issued the directive while witnessing a powerpoint presentation on the master plan of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City) at her office in Dhaka this afternoon.
After the event, prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
He said Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) made the power point presentation on various aspects of the industrial city.
The press secretary said the PM witnessed the power point presentation with deep attention and gave some instructions regarding the industrial city.
Sheikh Hasina asked the BEZA to take into consideration the housing of the workers as well as the issues of both industrial and IT sector waste management and environment there.
She also directed them to take necessary steps to protect the city from natural disasters like tidal surge and cyclone.
The BEZA also apprised the prime minister of the latest state of the special economic zones.
Prime minister’s private industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman and officials concerned were present.
BEZA is developing ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar (BSMSN)’ in the country’s southeastern part with a view to encouraging rapid economic development through increase and diversification of industry, employment, production and export.
The industrial city is being developed on around 30,000 acres of land touching three upazilas – Mirsarai and Sitakundu of Chattogram district and Sonagazi in Feni district – covering 25 kilometres of coast lines of Sandeep channel of the Bay of Bengal.