Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque on Sunday expressed hope that the Bashundhara bitumen will set a new standard by its superior quality.
He said Bashundhara Group, which is contributing to the development of the country as a leading industrial conglomerate, is producing bitumen in a state-of-the-art production facility.
He said bitumen is an important construction material. However, engineers used to depend on substandard imported bitumen products until Bashundhara Group started bitumen production.
“Use of such sub-standard bitumen causes early damages of highways,” he said.
Bashundhara Bitumen organised the technical seminar titled ‘Engineer Meet’ at a hotel in Khulna.
Roads and Highways Division additional chief engineer Syed Aslam Ali lauded the quality standard of Bashundhara bitumen, saying that the brand is helping reduce dependency on imported bitumen products.
“Many of foreign bitumen is not good in quality. That makes the construction project risky. However, Bashundhara Bitumen maintains the quality and standard since commencing the production,” he said.
He said individuals or organizations suffer when the quality of other products is poor but if the quality of bitumen is bad, then the whole nation is the victim and the people’s money is wasted.
He also said the bitumen importers cannot meet even 20 per cent of the country’s demand. So Bashundhara bitumen is here to fill the gap in demand and supply.
“We are doing construction work in 30 districts in the country. I am already using Bashundhara bitumen. I hope Bashundhara Group will continue producing high-quality bitumen products in the interest of the country,” he added
Khulna Chamber’s Vice-President Siddiqur Rahman Bulu, Bashundhara Bitumen’'s consultant and IUT’s Assistant Professor Dr Nazmus Shakib, Assistant General Manager (Sales) Sukanto Kumar Saha also spoke among others.
Hundreds of representatives from the Roads and Highways Department, Local Government Engineering Department, Khulna City Corporation, contractors and engineers were present on the occasion.