Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has chosen a site for the proposed 'garment village' in Munshiganj following a government request, reports UNB.
Earlier, the government had proposed the BGMEA to set up the 'garment village' in Narayanganj, but now the government is more interested to develop it in Munshiganj instead of Narayanganj, concerned sources said.
Commerce Ministry officially made the proposal to the BGMEA recently, asking it to give an immediate reply.
Following the proposal, the BGMEA leaders visited Munshiganj and chose a 200-acre site at Baushiya.
A BGMEA team, led by its president Tipu Munshi, met Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed in the city Thursday and informed him about the site.
When contacted, BGMEA vice-president (finance) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury Arun told UNB that the land they have selected would be better for the garment village as the land is a little bit higher than the original level.
"We have around 1,200 factories in capital Dhaka of which at least 700 could be accommodated at the proposed site," he added.
He, however, underscored the need for developing more 'garment villages' for housing all 4,000 factories in the RMG sector.
Meanwhile, Joint Secretary of Commerce Ministry Md Ghulam Hossain at a press briefing Wednesday said that the government is planning to develop not only one but also a number of 'garment villages' around the capital.
"We have over 4,000 apparel factories, but how many garment industries can be accommodated at a single 'village'?" he questioned.
The official informed that the government is planning to develop at least four garment villages around the city-south, north, east and west. "There should be several villages so that all the industrial units can be accommodated in a planned way," he pointed out.
He said that the Commerce Ministry is working on it.