Construction work of much-awaited Bangabandhu Silicon City was kicked off at Haragram-Nabinagar area of Rajshahi city.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the construction of roads of the silicon city on Friday.
After the inaugural event, the state minister told the media: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to set up a high-tech park in the city at meeting at Rajshahi Madrssa ground on November 24, 2011.
“Following her promise, the government is now establishing this high-tech park on 31.63 acres of land with a cost of Tk281.19 crore. The construction that started today, the structural development works will be completed within next three years.”
“There are around one lakh students in Rajshahi. They would be able to get trained here. Investors in the technology sector have already promised to invest. Huge employment opportunity will be created once the silicon city is established,” he added.
Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority’s Public Relations Officer Golam Kibria said in this project the government is contributing Tk238.25 crore while the rest Tk43.19 crore will be provided by the World Bank. The project includes a 5-storied and 62,000 square feet IT Incubator cum Training Centre.
Awami League President and former city mayor AHM Khayruzzaman Liton, lawmaker Ayen Uddin, Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority’s Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum and city AL General Secretary Dablu Sarker attended the inaugural event as special guests with Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Kazi Ashrafuddin Ahmed in the chair.