Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. TBS sketch.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. TBS Sketch.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the country’s largest Ghorashal Palash urea fertilizer plant in Narsingdi district with an annual production capacity of nearly 10 lakh metric tons.
She joined the program virtually from her official Ganobhaban residence.
Others involved were linked to the event from the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) here in the capital and the fertilizer project site in Narsingdi.
In addition, the Prime Minister opened four other development projects, including the new 14-storey Bhaban headquarters of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in the city’s Tejgaon Industrial Zone, from the same function.
Three other completed projects are “Expansion of Madaripur BSCIC Industrial Estate” under BSCIC, “Establishment of Tool Institute” under Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Center (BITAC) and Establishment of a LED lighting assembly factory under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC).
The Ghorashal Tk10,461-crore Urea Fertilizer Project is implemented with the aim of achieving self-sufficiency in urea fertilizer. This will add a daily production of 2,800 metric tons, according to project documents.
Currently, two other factories – Ghorashal Urea Fertilizer factory and Palash Urea Fertilizer Factory – produce 3.15 lakh metric tons annually.
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) is implementing the project.
BCIC Chairman Shah Md Imdadul Haque in his welcome speech said that once the granular fertilizer plant is commissioned, the import of fertilizer will decrease by up to 56%. Bangladesh will not require any urea fertilizer imports from 2025, he said.
The environment-friendly factory is set up with the help of Japan and China, the BCIC chairman said.
Of the project cost, Tk 1,844.19 crore will come from the government fund while the rest Tk 8,616.72 crore will come from the bidders.
The 14-story eco-friendly skyscraper of BSCIC headquarters was constructed at a cost of Tk84 crore to provide a better working environment and energize the functioning of the company.
The 126,900 square foot multi-story building will house the BSCIC headquarters, regional office and project offices. The solar system and the rainwater harvesting system are there in the modern tower.
Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun presided over the ceremony, while State Minister for Industry Kamal Ahmed Mojumder, Industry Secretary Zakia Sultana and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki attended. took the floor.