Khulna can be considered as the 3rd largest Metropolitan Divisional City with nearly 1.2 million people. It is located in the south-western part of Bangladesh. The strategic importance of the city lies in the fact that it provides important links to the second sea port of the country, Mongla and has a strong industrial base, perhaps after Dhaka and Chittagong. This has come into focus specially after the completion of Lalon Shah Bridge (over the river Padma) and Khanjahan Ali Bridge (over the river Rupsha) financed by JBIC which will facilitate Nepal and Seven sister states of India to use Mongla port facilities if agreement can be made at the govt. level. Secondly, the city seems to be regaining impetus for growth, following the export processing activities centering on shrimp cultivation. And thirdly, the location and linkages of the city with regional towns and growth centres have made it the most important city in the region. More so, Sundarban, the world largest mangrove forest is located near to Khulna, which also attracts tourist from home and abroad.