RAJSHAHI: Many people have got employment scopes as a result of generating job opportunities in diversified fields in the city and its outskirts during the last couple of years, reports BSS.
Scores of multistory buildings, including high-rises, have been constructed in the city during the recent past. Whereas, there was only one 10-storey building adjacent to the C&B crossing before 2009.
Engineer Abul Kalam Azad, authorised officer of Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA), said more than 100 high-rise buildings were constructed and works on many others are progressing fast at present.
He also said each of the construction schemes generated either permanent or temporary job opportunities for many people, including the educated ones.
After 2009, employment and financial transactions have been increased to a greater extent in the fields of tiles industries, electronics fittings and other relevant materials centering the construction sector.
In addition to generating more entrepreneurs the ventures have expanded trade and business significantly, vibrating the socio-economic conditions.
Masudur Rahman, president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI), said visible and qualitative changes have been attained in the field of generating employment through boosting the number of entrepreneurs together with creating an investment atmosphere during the last five years.
The under-constructed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park has started becoming an employment hub for youths creating enthusiasm among the young generation.
At present, around 400 youths are engaged in various works, including software development, site maintenance of famous companies and file works as per demand from abroad, generating working atmospheres in the park.
Afroza Arbi Tusi, who is working in Fleet Bangladesh, said she has got chances of developing her career living in Rajshahi with her family members.
“I was very much anxious about developing my career during university life and always thought about going to Dhaka for career development,” she said while talking to the agency here on Wednesday.
Bangabandhu Hi-tech Park has become a blessing for her as it has created scopes of building careers for many youths interested in the IT sector, she added.
‘Tech Rajshahi’ has been working to deliver services related to mobile games and other software.
Mahfuzur Rahman, chief executive of the organisation, said they have 142 workers and 28 of them are working in the hi-tech park.
He said the location of the park along with its modern facilities has enhanced the brand value of his institution.
Chief Executive Officer of ‘MD Info’ Monzurul Murshed said they have got spaces in Joy Silicon Tower and Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Building.
They have around 1,000 workers and 150 of them are working in the office as 95 percent of the workers are the residents of Rajshahi, he said.
He also said the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has created scopes of generating 10,000 more employment as development of another industrial estate has almost been completed under a project titled “Rajshahi BSCIC Industrial Estate-2” involving around Taka 172 crore.
The estate has been developed on 50 acres of land at Parila Kechuatoil, Uzirpukur and Lalitahar areas at Paba upazila that will also help flourish the industrial sector in the city and its outskirts.
Under the project, 296 plots were created for accommodating 250 industrial units coupled with generating employment opportunities.
The industrial plots were developed considering the country’s socio-economic condition and future necessity as the entrepreneurs are expanding the SME gradually in the region.
There are three types of plots. The number of A-type industrial units is 83 having 6,000 square feet each while 89 units are B-type with 4,500 square feet each and the remaining plots are S-type with the size of 3,500-8,000 square feet.
All sorts of necessary facilities for industrial units including roads, drains, culverts, water, gas and power supply, boundary wall, pump house, office and water reservoir will be ensured before handing over the plots to the entrepreneurs.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation and Presidium Member of Bangladesh Awami League AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said they have implemented diversified development projects during the last five years.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park has been built on around 31 acres of land in Nabinagar area adjacent to Rajshahi metropolis aimed at establishing knowledge-based IT industries together with ensuring an area-based development.
Mayor Liton, who is also the Presidium Member of Bangladesh Awami League, said Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority is implementing the Taka 335.51-crore project initiated by the Information and Communication Technology Division.
Employment opportunities for around 14,000 youths both male and female will be created upon successful completion of the project by this year end.