|Chatterjee: Taking measures
Calcutta, Sept. 3: The Bengal government is planning to set up more industrial parks.
Commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee today said the government was scouting for locations across five regions in the state.
The hunt for sites follows Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s successful interaction with industrialists in Mumbai last month and the unveiling of the industry incentive policy last week.
“We are looking at locations such as South 24-Parganas, Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, Purulia and Paschim (West) Midnapore,” Chatterjee today said.
The minister added that the West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC) had been asked to identify land.
The government would first identify the vested land in the possession of the various state departments in such places. If enough land is not found, the WBIIDC could then initiate discussion with those people who have land and are willing to sell to the state. In the next stage, he said, the state government could acquire land directly through the WBIIDC.
Such parks would require a minimum of 100 acres to 500 acres.
According to government sources, the state government is faced with the shortage of land at its existing parks.
Industrial parks offering smaller modules of land usually ranging from an acre to hundred are ideal for these small industrial units.
Chatterjee today handed over the land allotment letter to 10 such projects ranging from LPG bottling plants to garment manufacturing units.
The total investment proposed in such units is close to Rs 1,100 crore. Among the major companies that got land today are Jayshree Tea and Industries (fertiliser unit at Panagarh), HPCL (LPG bottling plant), Damodar Valley Corporation (township development for its workers).