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Concern over core course

Calcutta, Jan. 19: The lack of private participation continues to plague urban infrastructure development in Bengal and other states, Saugata Roy, former Union minister of state for urban development, today said.

While solid waste management has attracted some interest from private players, bigger firms have not invested, Roy said at a seminar organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry here today.

“Private sector participation in infrastructure in urban areas has been abysmal. They are interested only in real estate development. Except solid waste management, we have not seen their involvement. But there too, no big companies have come,” he said.

According to Roy, most of the projects under the central JNNURM scheme have been completed in Bengal. However, other states continue to face problems because of the lack of finance.

Meanwhile, on the Centre’s decision to de-regulate diesel prices, Roy said this would add an extra Rs 40 crore financial burden on the state.

 
 
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