The dream of having a Hi-Tech park in Kalikaoir upazilla in Gazipur yesterday got new impetus with the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the First Signature Building at Block II and First Hi-Tech Manufacturing Unit in Block V.Summit Technopolis Limited in partnership with Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) under the ICT Ministry is developing 91 acres at Block II and Block V of the Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Park in Gazipur.
During the ceremony, Summit Technopolis Limited, a consortium of Summit Group and Infinity Infotech Parks Limited from India, has signed a Concession Agreement for a 40-year concession for Block II and Block V of Kaliakoir Hi Tech Park.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, State Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division Junaid Ahmed Palak said, “Today is a historic day. Only few years ago, the dream of having the hi-tech park here lied in obscurity. Now it becomes real”, he said.
Palak said that with the completion of the ground breaking ceremony, the progress work would go on here in super-fast manner. “We incorporate public-private partnership to develop the park so that we can do it in faster manner”, he said adding that had it been only public, then the progress work would have been much slower.
The State Minister said that after the completion of Hi-Tech park, it will become the IT hub of the country. He said that Kaliakoir Hi Tech Park boasts a strategic position, being located 40 km from the capital city of Dhaka, and is connected to regional hubs through extensive rail, sea and air routes.
The Park will have uninterrupted power supply, high capacity fiber optic connectivity and special express rail facilities between Dhaka and Kaliakoir Hi Tech Park. “The expected employment generation from the 2 Blocks will be over 70,000 jobs, and there will be state-of-the-art facilities to provide training to over 10,000 people”, he said.
Aziz Khan, Chairman of Summit Group said that Summit Technopolis Ltd. is developing Blocks II and V with modern multi-tenanted buildings, industrial plots, R&D facilities, and recreational facilities, including a Signature Building at Block II.
He said that the Signature Building is based on a theme of “a symbiosis of nature, technology and culture”. The Signature Building will include rentable plug & play office spaces for IT/ITES companies, customizable manufacturing units, conference centre / training centre, food court, as well as indoor and outdoor recreational spaces.
The building will implement green features in its design such as low energy consumption, energy saving lighting, natural ventilation, and ecological materials sourced locally.
Summit will also provide financial guarantee of uninterrupted power supply at similar tariff as of Government Of Bangladesh, said Aziz Khan.
Shyam Sunder Sikder, Secretary of ICT Division, ICT Ministry chaired the event. Also present were Ravindra Chamaria, Chairman, Infinity Infotech Parks Ltd., Hosne Ara Begum, ndc, MD (Additional Secretary), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Abu Reza Khan, MD, Summit Technopolis Ltd., and Sanjeewa Wickramanayake, Chairman, EWIS Sri Lanka.