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Monday , June 16 , 2014
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Early sparkle to gem park

Mitra: Upbeat

Calcutta, June 15: A gems and jewellery park coming up at Ankurhati, Howrah, is seeing a steady demand.

According to Bengal industry minister Amit Mitra, around 1.25 lakh square feet of the project, spread across 2.50 lakh square feet, have been sold to 32 companies.

The project is being spearheaded by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.

“The government of Bengal has decided to develop under the WBIDC a gems and jewellery park at Ankurhati. This includes two standard design factory buildings (G+5). Around 1.25 lakh sq ft has already been taken by 32 companies who paid in advance,” Mitra said

“This has been allotted through a competitive transparent bidding. We have decided to build a second building of 1.25 sq ft, which has already been committed. Approximately, it will be a Rs 55-crore project,” he added.

Mitra was speaking at the inauguration of the West Bengal skill advisory committee of the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). The committee aims to bring in a change in the manufacturing and upgradation of skill levels of artisans in Bengal through a multi-pronged approach.

The park at Ankurhati is likely to house the Dakshagram Centre — a concept propagated by the GJSCI to ensure best practices through proper training of the artisans.

Mitra said his government was ready to deal with the rise in cost that the project was expected to face.

The size of the project may, therefore, hover at Rs 60-70 crore. The park will include a blend of domestic and export-oriented units.

The state has received a grant of Rs 26.69 crore from the Centre.