Deal #7518

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Chunarughat, Bangladesh

Latitude
24.1973581
Longitude
91.51723149999998
Facility name
Habiganj Economic zone
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
Habiganj Economic zone is located in Chunarughat Upazila of Habiganj District. This Economic zone is accurately located beside Chandpur Tea Estate.
Comment on location
Habigonj Economic Zone is located Chandpur Tea Estate of Chunarughat Upazila, Hobiganj District. The total khet land of Chandpur Tea Estate is 985 acres. Of this khet land, 207.138346 H for Economic zone are situated in the north of the garden, bisected by the old Dhaka-Sylhet highway.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
207.138346
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2016] 206.794
Comment on land area
The government decided to build an economic zone on 511.85 acres of land in Chunarughat. BEZA visited the proposed place of chunarughat in January, 2015. After getting the final confirmation from PM, present DC Sabina Alam registered the 206.794 Hector Lands for BEZA in October, 2016.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Industry
Comment on intention of investment
Import and Export zone. Easily export their products to "Seven sister states" in India. Improvement of communication and transport. Ensure empowerment and opportunities for tea workers. Ceramic factory Food processing Small engineering Automobile spare parts industries Pharmaceuticals industries Tourism Industry

Nature of the deal

Comment on nature of the deal
The government decided to build an economic zone on 511.85 acres of land in Chunarughat, which was earlier leased to Chandpore Tea Estate. The lease was cancelled to make and transferred (allocation) for the economic zone’s construction.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Getting the final confirmation from PM, present DC Sabina Alam registered the 206.794 Hector Lands for BEZA in October, 2016. But the work has not been started yet.Despite widespread protest and criticism from different quarters, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) is still determined to establish an economic zone on hundreds of acres of arable land in Chunarughat in Habiganj.

Implementation status

Implementation status
Project not started
Comment on implementation status
Yet the project has not been started. Construction of Economic zone is temporarily closed. But BEZA believe that they can convince to tea workers to start the work.

Contract #1

Contract date
2016
Comment on contract
Present District Commissioner of Habiganj, Sabina Alam registered the 206.794 Hector Lands for BEZA in October, 2016. Yet the work is not started.

Operating company

Operating company
Name of investment project
Habiganj Economic zone
Comment on investment chain
If the Economic zone can be constructed, Korea, Japan and China will invest on this land.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
For Land, For Identity
Date
2016-03-18

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Tea Workers' 'No' to Economic Zone on Paddy Land
Date
2015-12-15

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
Publication title
16,000 tea workers face uncertainty
Date
2015-12-21

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Habiganj tea workers launch movement to save land they cultivate
Date
2015-12-29

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The 16,000 tea workers will face uncertainity. Tea industry labourers are not like any other industrial labourers. They lead more of a pastoral life and use the land to supplement their income. Tea industry labourers are not like any other industrial labourers. They lead more of a pastoral life and use the land to supplement their income. For four generation they have lived on this land and this was the first time they faced uncertainity.

Recognitions status of community land tenure

Recognition status of community land tenure
Community traditional or customary rights not recognized by government
Comment on recognitions status of community land tenure
The land rights of tea workers and indigenous people is violated by this Economic zone project.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Limited consultation
Comment on consultation of local community
BEZA consulted with only chairman, Upazila Nirbahi Kormokorta (UNO), Member of parliament, DC to develop this economic zone. The local people specially the tea workers were not concerned about this project. In spite of being the owner and user of this land, BEZA did not consult with tea workers.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
16,000 tea workers from 24 tea gardens protested against economic zone with their traditional weapons from Dec 13 to 18 in 2015. The workers staged demonstrations on Dec 20 and submitted a memorandum to the district deputy commissioner.

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
Still the tea workers are not agreed to develop Economic zone in their khet land.

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes
Number of people actually displaced
16000
Comment on displacement of people
16000 tea workers are dependent on this khet land for their rice production. This economic zone project will directly displace them.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Socio-economic
Cultural loss
Eviction
Displacement
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
The indigenous people and tea workers have land rights on this land. They use this land for 150 years. For this economic zone, they will be evicted and displaced from the land. This land is their main source of rice production. So this project will cause their cultural loss and socio-economic loss.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
BEZA promised that the government will give them houses under governments Asrayan Project. Besides, they would get five decimal of land to be registered in their name so they can cultivate food grains there, Tea workers said that they have not got any kind of promise from authority.
Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
No Compensation is received.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Roads
Capacity Building
Financial Support
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Improvement of communication and transport. Ensure empowerment and opportunities for tea workers.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
No data source about materialized benefits for tea workers.

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
Bhumi Raksha Committee ( Land Protection Committee) and Cha Shromik Krishi Jomi Rokkha Shonghoti Committee (CSKJRSC) organizations took the actions.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community
Indigenous people
Comment on former land owner
The Government leased this land to Chandpur Tea Estate of Duncan Brothers. But The tea workers cut the jungle some 150 years ago, cleaned the bushes and reeds to make the tea gardens. At the same time, they prepared the land for growing crops. For 150 years these people have been cultivating this land.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
The 16,000 tea workers have produced paddy in this land for 150 years.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Comment on former land cover
This 511 acres land was used to grow paddy by the tea workers family. These are known khet Jomi.

Overall comment

Overall comment
The total grant land (public land leased for production of tea) of this garden is:1558.44441 H, of which paddy or khet land is 398.6154 H. Among this khet land 207.138346 H are transferred to BEZA by present DC of Habigonj without any consultation with tea workers. But The 16,000 tea workers dependent on this land for 150 years to produce their paddy. When they came to know about the economic zone, they strongly protested against this decision. Their hardcore protest stops the construction of economic zone temporarily.

Jan. 26, 2020, 7:07 a.m.

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