Land acquisition for steel plants to start: WB CM

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Kolkata, Oct 3: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said the land acquisition for the proposed six steel plants across the state would start soon. Addressing the 120th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) here, the Chief Minister said the steel plants, with an investment of Rs 90,000 crore, would play a 'big role' in reducing the problem of unemployment in the state.

Mr Bhattacharjee said there had been debates and controversies over certain aspects of the industrialisation drive in the state, but the growth process had not been affected.

'' West Bengal continues to be one of the fastest growing states in the country and it is now the third largest economy among the states and ranks second in the growth of per capita income, '' he observed.

Mr Bhattacharjee said for the past few years, the state had been receiving investment worth Rs 2,500 crore and the figure reached Rs 3,500 crore last year.

He said the modernisation plans of the city airport and the decision to set up a new airport at Andal would help improve the infrastructure which was facing 'some constraints' in regard to the industrialisation process.

''The deep sea-port, the east-west metro and the railway freight corridor, will lead to more economic activities in the state, speeding up the industrial rejuvenation,'' Mr Bhattacharjee maintained.


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