Pabna industrial city of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has created employment for 10,000 people and produced goods of Tk800 crore in the last fiscal year.
The industrial sector in Pabna is progressing at a good pace while most of the other BSCIC areas in different districts are at risk.
But due to different infrastructural problems and lack of proper planning, the industrial activities are being hampered in the district.
"The internal roads and drainage systems have not been improved despite the industries in the city are growing faster. A light rainfall also causes waterlogging in the area. By this, we face obstacles in transporting our goods using these roads," said the owner of Mukti Rice and Flour Mills Mosharraf Hossen.
"Pabna industries will grow even bigger if the roads, and infrastructures are developed and the security system is imrpoved," said Managing Director of Needy Food Products Johurul Islam.
Pabna BSCIC industrial area was developed over 109.68 acre of land in Sadar upazila's Chatiani area at a cost of about Tk3 crore in 1962.
Four-hundred and 69 plots have been alloted for establishing industries there. The leasing price of each acre is set at Tk2,25,000.
"Different types of factories such as rice,lenthil, flour, vermicilli, ice-cream, bakery mills, aiyurvedic and battery manufacturing industry are there," said Deputy General Manager of Pabna BSCIC Robiul Islam.
"The government is earning Tk88 crore revenue from the industries of Pabna BSCIC."
"Pabna industrial area has become a role model. We are taking different initiatives to remove the infrastructure related problems from this progressive industrial city," said Deputy Commissioner of Pabna Kabir Mahmud.