338 factories running operations across country during lockdown
Some 338 factories are running their operations across the country during the 14-day strict lockdown that began on July 23, according to the Industrial Police.
These factories, mostly pharmaceuticals, food processing, and emergency product manufacturers, are located in Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Khulna.
Of them, 113 factories are open in Gazipur while 15 in Chattogram, 57 in Narayanganj, 88 in Khulna, 32 in Mymensingh and 33 in Savar-Ashulia.
Md Sakhwat Hossain, superintendent of police of industrial Police 1, said they were patrolling the industrial areas so that no industries can run operations defying the restrictions during the lockdown imposed to curb the Covid-19 infection.
According to him, only pharmaceuticals, food processing, and emergency product manufacturers can operate their factories following the health guidelines.
According to Industrial Police, the total number of factories in Savar-Ashulia, Gazipur, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Khulna is 7,491. Out of the total, 3,445 are readymade garments and textile companies.
The rest of 4,046 industries are non-readymade garments.
According to the Industrial Police Head Quarter, the Gazipur district admiration conducted a mobile court operation today and fined Tk 10,000 to Unimas Sports Wear for running the factory, violating the government's directives.