Deal #7543

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Araihazar, Bangladesh

Latitude
23.7916557
Longitude
90.65359139999998
Facility name
ARAIHAZAR ECONOMIC ZONE (JAPANESE ECONOMIC ZONE)
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
The zone is located in Satgram and Duptara Union of Araihazar upazila, Narayangonj. The Mouzas are Panchrukhi and Panchgaog.The project site is near to Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in the north-west direction, Shitalakhya River in west direction whereas settlement, water body and agricultural land in the East, west & south side of the project area. A canal pass through the proposed project boundary and a brance of Meghna River named Brahmaputra river pass through south direction to northwestern direction. The project area is mainly covers agricultural low land.
Comment on location
The Araihazar Economic Zone (AEZ) site is located at Satgram & Duptara Union, under Araihazar upazila, Narayangonj.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
218.8418548
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2018] 404.686
Comment on land area
Initially, the BEZA earmarked a total of 218.8418548 H of land located at Panchrukhi and Panchgaon Mouzas under Araihazar upazila of Narayangaj for the proposed AEZ. In 2018, it was proposed that more 202.343 land would be acquired for this EZ. BEZA has acquired 202.343 H of land for the zone and another 202.343 H is in the process of being acquired to set up the economic zone at Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Industry
Comment on intention of investment
• Agro-food • Light engineering • Chemical • Automobile assembly • Garments • Pharmaceutical Industries will be set up.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project (FDIPP), and GoB decided to establish Japanese Economic Zones (EZ) as a joint venture project in this area. BEZA have already been selected developer to Sumitomo Corporation as a developer for this zone.

Implementation status

Implementation status
Project not started
Comment on implementation status
BEZA has acquired 202.343 H of land for the zone and another 202.343 H is in the process of being acquired. Only Feasible study and Environmental Impact Assessment study of 202.343 H land was finished.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
100000
Planned employees (total)
100000
Comment on jobs created (total)
Araihazar Economic Zone will create job opportunity for around 100,000 people.

Operating company

Operating company
Name of investment project
ARAIHAZAR ECONOMIC ZONE (JAPANESE ECONOMIC ZONE)
Comment on investment chain
Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Loan Agreement of Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project (FDIPP), and GoB decided to establish Japanese Economic Zones (EZ) as a joint venture project based on the G2G provisions of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Act 2010 in cooperation with JICA in the suburb of the capital city, Dhaka

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Government sources
File

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Deal to be signed on May 26
Date
2019-05-22

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
500 acres more land for Araihazar Economic Zone
Date
2018-08-07

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
Total 1714 families are living in this land. Among them 150 families become vulnerable for this acquisition of land.

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 people of 1714 families who live in this area are faced to the violation of land rights.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Limited consultation
Comment on consultation of local community
The all people living formerly in this land were not aware of the Economic zone and acquisition of land.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Mixed reaction
Comment on community reaction
As BEZA promised, the people of Araihajar dreamed to get job opportunity after this economic zone. But 1714 families who live in this land loss their land and become landless.

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
No

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes
Number of people actually displaced
6343

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Socio-economic
Cultural loss
Eviction
Displacement

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Roads
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
This Economic Zone will create 100000 job opportunities for local people and also improve road and communication infrastructure. It was said that the people that would be displaced would be rellocated

Materialized benefits for local communities

Materialized benefits for local communities
Roads
Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
BEZA have already been selected developer to Sumitomo Corporation as a developer for this zone.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)
Community
Comment on former land owner
1750 local families live here, cultivate the land for agricultural purpose.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
The union Duptara has 1146 H cropping land and union satgram has 1480 H cropping Land. In this land, single, douple and triple time crop is poduced. Wide range of rabi and kharif crops such as paddy, mustard, potato, vegetable, chili, spice,jute, sweet potato, sesame, pulses, wheat etc. grow here. Well-grown fruits are mango, jackfruit, litchi, black berry; papaya etc.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Comment on former land cover
Wide range of rabi and kharif crops such as paddy, mustard, potato, vegetable, chili, spice,jute, sweet potato, sesame, pulses, wheat etc. grow here. Well-grown fruits are mango, jackfruit, litchi, black berry; papaya etc.

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes
Comment on water extraction envisaged
The site is blessed by Meghna and Brammaputra river.

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Groundwater
Surface water (River, Lake)
Comment on source of water extraction
The site is near to Meghna and Brammaputra river. Rainwater is available in this area. A water storage tank scale will be setup here.

How much water is extracted?

Water extraction amount
2555000
Comment on how much water is extracted
In addition, the total quantity is 7,000m3/day for the initial 189.52 ha development. In fact, the area of factory use land will be about 145 ha, so it is about 45.74 m3/ day/ha.

Overall comment

Overall comment
Initially, the BEZA earmarked a total of 218.841H of land located at Panchrukhi and Panchgaon Mouzas under Araihazar upazila of Narayangaj for the proposed Araihajar Economic Zone. In 2018 more 202.343 H land was proposed to acquire. BEZA has already acquired 202.343 H land and the process of rest acquisition is going on. 1750 families live in this land and do agriculture. This acquisition cause to displace 7000 people. No compensation has not been promised yet.

Jan. 28, 2020, 7:10 a.m.

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