Proposed business meet attracts investment worth Rs 700 crore: DM
A business meet scheduled for early next year in Jalpaiguri has already attracted investment proposals to the tune of Rs 700 crore, organisers said.
“We have already received a number of investment proposals ahead of the meet, which is scheduled to be held in Jalpaiguri on February 10,” said Moumita Godara Basu, district magistrate, Jalpaiguri, after a meeting with representatives of different trade bodies on Thursday.
The business meet meant to attract investment for three districts — Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar — is being jointly organised by the state government and the Indian Chamber of Commerce at the Sarojedra Deb Raikat Art Gallery in Jalpaiguri.
Nishat Mittal, chairman, ICC (north Bengal chapter), said “the meet had already attracted investment proposals to the tune of Rs 700 crore.”
“There are proposals to set up a 100-room hotel, a paper mill and an orchid centre in the region. We are, in fact, looking at getting investment to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore during the meet,” said Mittal.
An administrative source said a proposal had also been received to set up a 100-bedded hospital in Alipurduar district.
A Calcutta-based film director, along with a business house, wants to set up post-production film units in the region. “They want to set up the unit on a six-bigha plot,” said Avra Bose, secretary, Jalpaiguri District Chamber of Commerce.
Tourism stakeholders are also preparing plans to boost the industry in the region.
“We will submit a proposal to highlight the heritage and historical places of the district. We also want to submit a proposal for a hanging bridge over the Karala river in Jalpaiguri town,” said Prithwis Dastidar, president, Jalpaiguri Tour Operators’ Welfare Association.