The Telegraph
Monday , November 18 , 2013
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Bengal taps Srijan for land

Calcutta, Nov. 17: State commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee today asked a private firm to provide land to the Bengal government to set up an information technology (IT) hub.

Chatterjee was in Howrah today to lay the foundation stone for a 24-acre industrial park by real estate developer Srijan Realty. At the meeting, Chatterjee asked Srijan’s managing director Shyam Agarwal to provide a plot to the state for an IT hub in Howrah.

“I would request him to provide us a place for having an IT hub here,” Chatterjee said.

Agarwal, however, later told The Telegraph that the Rs 625-crore industrial park, which the firm was developing by purchasing land on its own, was meant for the garment and packaging industry. He said Srijan had no immediate plans for an IT hub within the facility.

“We would consider the proposal (of the minister), but we cannot have an IT hub in this project in Howrah,” he said.

According to Agarwal, the firm is developing two IT parks in Sector V and one at Park Circus. It will explore the possibility of providing land to the state in these places.

Meanwhile, Chatterjee today asked the real estate firm to maintain its proposed project timeframe and not keep the land idle.

“The first phase of the project is slated to be completed by March 2015 and the entire project will be over by March 2016 before the Bidhan Sabha elections. I will keep an eye on that,” the minister said.

Chatterjee said the state government had set up a task force for industrial development and was looking to bring down the number of days required to clear a project proposal from 45 days to 21 days.