6 IT villages to be set up in 6 divisions

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6 IT villages to be set up in 6 divisions

DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 4 (BSS) – In line with the present government’s vision to build `Digital Bangladesh’, six IT villages will be set up in six divisions of the country, Executive Director of
Bangladesh Computer Council Mahfuzur Rahman told BSS today.

He said the Science and Information and Communication Technology Ministry had undertaken a project to set up a modern IT Village on 47 acres of land at Karail at Mohakhali in the capital and the project had been sent to the Planning Commission for approval.

“Later the Planning Commission took a decision to set up six more IT Villages along with the Karail project and gave directives to place a fresh project proposal by incorporating total cost of the projects,” Rahman said.

To build Digital Bangladesh, he said, the first phase work of the High-tech Park at Kaliakoir in Gazipur was completed last month. “Physical infrastructure of the park was built in an area of 231.685 acres spending Taka 26.86 crore,” he added.

Rahman said the Taka 17 crore second phase work of the park will begin in the next month and expressed the hope that the work of the project would be completed by 2012.

He said the High-tech Park Bill, 2010 has already been passed in the Jatiya Sangsad. “Under the act, rules and regulations are being formulated and the ministry is framing a policy on how the local and foreign investors will invest in the park and which facilities they will get,” he added.

State Minister for Science and ICT Architect Yafes Osman told BSS that the government is considering giving lease of the park to a foreign IT company by constituting a high-tech regulatory authority.

With the completion of the project, he hoped, developed services based on software and information technology could be provided at home and abroad.

Osman further said that the government has already taken steps to expand ICT facilities to establish e-governance across the country. “Under the plan, all ministries, organizations and divisional, district and upazila offices as well as schools and colleges will be brought under the network connectivity within the shortest possible time,” he said.

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