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Japan team for Howrah boost

A team from Japan's Yokohama Municipality was on a two-day visit to Howrah from Monday to assess possibilities of funding civic and infrastructure projects, an official of the city's municipal corporation said.

The projects discussed by representatives of the two civic bodies included a medium and small-scale industries hub, a water treatment plant and a tourism scheme.

The Howrah Municipal Corporation had made a presentation before the visitors regarding a proposal related to technology transfer and funding for several projects. The civic body has identified a 250-acre plot in Pinjrapole, on Gosala Road in Bally, for a medium and small-scale industry hub.

"Being part of the government's land bank, the plot is unencumbered," municipal commissioner Nilanjan Chattopadhyay said.

Mayor Rathin Chakraborty said the Japanese were accompanied by officials of the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and private companies.

"We approached them for funding projects worth Rs 550 crore. They were open to the quantum," he said.

The proposed water treatment plant the two sides discussed would have a capacity of 100 million gallon daily and come up on the Padmapukur Waterworks campus.

As part of a scheme to boost tourism, the two sides discussed a proposal to build a ropeway from Ramakrishnapur Ghat or Botanical Garden Ghat to Belur and Dakshineswar. They also discussed the possibility of flyovers in Howrah.

The team made rounds of Howrah and met mayor Chakraborty on Monday. On Tuesday, they met urban development minister Firhad Hakim, chief secretary Sanjay Mitra and other state government officials.

Girls rescued

The RPF rescued two girls from Cuttack in Odisha from the Coromandel Express at Howrah station on Tuesday. The girls fled home after failing the Class X board exams.


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