PRAN-RFL Group gives the highest importance to environmental issues apart from manufacturing quality products, creating largescale employment and contributing to socio-economic development through the setting up of factories and operations, said its director (marketing) yesterday.
The official, Kamruzzaman Kamal, was addressing a views-exchange meeting with journalists in Habiganj Industrial Park marking the establishment’s fifth anniversary.
Sitting on 217 acres of land, the park manufactures products including candy, liquid glucose, biscuits, beverages, confectionery, electric cables, fans, melamine products, bicycles and toiletries.
Kamal said the park discharges 45 lakh litres of liquid waste on an average every day which was treated by its four effluent treatment plants, having a combined capacity of 66 lakh litres, while solid waste was turned to organic fertiliser.
The Department of Environment gave all necessary clearance to the park and its officials, alongside those of other government agencies, come on regular factory monitoring visits, he said.
Urging all to be more aware regarding environment, he said the nearby Sutang river could be saved if the flow of sewage into the river upstream could be stopped.
HM Manjurul Haque, the park’s general manager, said products manufactured in the park were being exported to 141 countries while jobs have been created for some 20,000 people, 80 percent of whom were locals.
He said, “PRAN-RFL Group is working not only to create employment here but also extend the scope for education. For this reason, the group has established a school in the area. Now 600 students are studying here.”
“Moreover, we give scholarships to meritorious students of some schools of the area. Various activities, including construction of roads, are going on for smooth movement of the local people which will be continued in the future.” “Habiganj Industrial Park has become a matter of pride for the people of the area in only five years.”
Fazle Rabbi, general manager (RFL-administration), Ehsanul Habib, senior manager (PRAN-administration) at the park, and Zeaul Haque, assistant general manager (Public Relations) at PRAN-RFL Group, among others, were present.
Afterwards the journalists visited different parts of the park.