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Wake-up call to laggards

Calcutta, Sept.23: The Bengal government has given itself a one-month deadline to crack its whip on projects where companies continue to hold land without initiating any activity.

It is also looking to repeat its lobbying to lift the moratorium on industrial clusters in Haldia, Asansol and parts of Howrah in the case of the Nayachar project as well.

The central ministry for environment and forests (MoEF) has not yet granted a clearance to a proposal to set up an eco-tourism hub and thermal power project in Nayachar after the Mamata Banerjee government scrapped the initial plan of Prasoon Mukherjee-led Universal Success to set up a chemical hub.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 159th annual general meeting of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, state industry minister Partha Chatterjee said, “No one will be allowed to sit on land taken for the purpose of industry, be it a small, medium or a large company. We are regularly taking stock of matters. In a month from now, we would be able to resolve matters by taking the necessary steps.”

On earlier occasions, Chatterjee had said that land lying idle would be taken back.

Lauding the recent move of the environment ministry to lift a ban on industrial expansion in Haldia imposed in 2010, the minister said this would encourage new investments.

“The Centre had earlier approved a chemical hub in Nayachar, which we were opposed to. We want an eco-tourism hub and thermal power plant in the same location. On September 20, a five- member committee of experts met MoEF officials and we are very hopeful we will get a clearance soon,” he said.

 
 
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