Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday told parliament that 35 percent of tanneries have so far been shifted to Savar Tannery Estate from the capital's Hazaribagh area.
“Out of 154 tanneries that got plots in Savar Tannery Estate, 55 tanneries started the production of wet blue leather in Savar till May 31, 2017. More tannery factories will begin their production soon,” he said replying to lawmakers' queries.
“Though the relocation process causes temporary interruption in the country's leather production, it would help boost both production and export of leather and leather products finally,” he said in a scripted answer.
In reply to another question, Amu said there are over 8.68 lakh industries across the country as per the Economic Survey Report.
Of these, the number of cottage industries is 727,233, while that of micro industries is 104,007, medium industries 2,991 and big industries 3,123, he said.
Meanwhile State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday told parliament that nine under-construction power plants with capacity of some 2,000 megawatt will come into production within 2017.
The nine power plants are now being implemented in both government and private sectors, he said replying to lawmakers' queries.
The state minister said now average 8,500-9,500 megawatt of electricity is being generated a day to meet the country's demand of power.
In reply to another question, he said the capacity of renewable power generation is some 450 megawatt a day in the country.
Of the 450 megawatt, solar power is 212 megawatt, wind power is 2.9 megawatt, biogas 5 megawatt and hydropower 230 megawatt, he added.