Deal #7904

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Mithamain, Bangladesh

Facility name
Mithamain Cantonment
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
The new cantonment is located in Mithamain Upazila under Kishoreganj district

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
422.33803
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
422.33803
Comment on land area
The cantonment in Mithamin upazila of Kishoreganj will be on 1,043.62 acres of land. The process of establishing the new cantonment is underway.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Other (please specify)
Comment on intention of investment
Cantonment

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
The land has been transferred to Bangladesh Army. Before this transfer, private lands have been acquired by government. The officials of deputy commissioner's office of Kishorganj district were involved in the process. 500 crore taka was allocated by government to compensate the private land owners of the cantonment area and other acquired lands for different government projects. (Source: the daily Samakal on 2 January 2018)

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Generally, government agencies are allocated land from government through ministry of land and deputy commissioner of respective district. A permanent lease deed signed and registered in this process.

Implementation status

Implementation status
Startup phase (no production)

Leasing fees

Annual leasing fee currency
Taka
Annual leasing fee type
for specified area
Comment on leasing fees
Generally, in a government to government agency lease contract a nominal fee (called 'selami') is fixed e. g. 1001 taka for entire period of time. So it is assumed that same thing has happened in the case of this new cantonment.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Operating company

Operating company
Comment on investment chain
The investor of the deal was the government of Bangladesh through the Bangladesh army

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Army riverine, commando brigades on cards
Date
2016-12-06

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
চার সেনানিবাসের জন্য চলছে ভূমি অধিগ্রহণ
Date
2015-11-07

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
President apprised of planning of proposed Mithamoin Cantonment
Date
2016-03-21

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
সেনাবাহিনী অতীতের ন্যায় নিপুণভাবে কাজ করবে : পানি সম্পদ প্রতিমন্ত্রী
Date
2019-11-27
Comment on data source
The report is on signing memorandum of understanding between Bangladesh Water Development Board and Bangladesh Army. Water Development Board took the work of land development, wave protection and river bank protection in the site and adjacent area of the new cantonment through this MoU. The media source BSS is the government news agency.

Data source #5

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
সাম্প্রতিক কর্মকান্ড
Comment on data source
This page gives a short description of the ongoing activities which includes the update of the land development (earth filling by river dredging in 123 hectare area) in Army establishment (the cantonment) in the (activity no 4)

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
কিশোরগঞ্জ ভূমি অধিগ্রহণ কর্মকর্তার বিরুদ্ধে ১৫ কোটি টাকা আত্মসাতের অভিযোগ
Date
2018-01-02
Comment on data source
The report is on the allegation of embezzlement of the money that were supposed to be given as compensation to the land owners whose lands have acquired for the cantonment and other government projects.

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
হাওর ‘রক্ষায়’ অভিযাত্রা
Date
2015-09-02
Comment on data source
The article is on the concerns of environmental activists over trans boundary water issues and in country encroachments by influential bodies impacting on Haor areas that produce 20 percent national rice production, have 140 fresh water fish species and feeding millions of migratory birds.

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
No available data.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Other
Comment on consultation of local community
A media source (Kaler Kantha on 7 Nov 2015) described that 901.1 acres (364.66 ha) of private land was under acquisition. There were no available data on consultation with the land owners.

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
No available data

Displacement of people

Comment on displacement of people
No specific data could be collected.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
This cantonment is being built over one of the water passing channels of major stream of Meghna basin of Bangladesh. There has been a concern from environmental activists regarding the encroachment in Haor area which gives 230 species of fresh water fishes and 20 percent of national rice production. [source: bdnews24.com on 2 Sep 2015]

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
According to law regarding acquisition, compensation is compulsory for private land. No legal provision is there regarding compulsory resettlement in the legal framework of Bangladesh. However, big government projects that are funded by international finance institution or aid agencies like WB, ADB, JICA, USAID etc generally have resettlement plans. Here, as there is no funding from that particular agencies, it is assumed that no resettlement plan is there. Government allocated fund for compensation based on submitted ownership documents.
Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
There was a severe allegation of corruption with the money that was supposed to give as compensation to the land owners whose land had been acquired. The government land acquisition officer was reportedly involved with the very embezzlement in the acquisition cases regarding the land for Mithamain cantonment and other government projects in Kishorganj district. (Source: Samakal and other national & local dailies on 2 January 2018)

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Private (smallholders)

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
The land is situated in the haor area of Kishorganj district. Haor area is ecologically different from a general plain land, most of the land part goes under water in the monsoon period. So one crop land is the general characteristic of the Haor region. It is naturally a depressed land area. In the monsoon time the whole area looks like a huge lake and the homesteads that are generally built on developed lands (on a 3 to 4 meters height) look like small islands in that huge lake.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Marginal land
Wetland
Comment on former land cover
The lands are mostly depressed type of lands that go under water in the monsoon period (June-September). Water Development Board has been engaged in land development (earth filling) in the site. (Source: WDB, Kishoreganj's ongoing project list)

May 29, 2020, 11:27 a.m.

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