CM assures Nandigram did not send wrong signals to industry

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Kolkata, Dec 28 (UNI) The Singur and Nandigram ravages over land acquisition for industrialisation have not sent a wrong signal to the prospective investors, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee asserted here today.

''It's true that the agitation of the rival political forces over land for industries has sent a wrong signal nationally as well as in abroad. But not a single corporate house has taken back their investment proposal,' he said at the 153rd Annual General Meeting of the Bengal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

In 2007 the state received its highest investment in the last 15 years. Iron and steel attracted investments to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore followed by chemicals and petrochemicals and food processing, he said.

'This apart, many US-based IT firms are also interested to come to West Bengal with their bouquet of investment in the knowledge-based industry,' he said.

'Our IT townships at Sector V (in Salt Lake city in Kolkata) and adjoining Rajarhat are already saturated with several small, medium and big IT companies. We are now looking at other places such as Durgapur and Siliguri to accommodate multinational IT players,'' he added.

''Presently we are acquiring land near Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport to set up an IT complex there,'' Mr Bhattacharjee said.

He also informed that West Bengal was a strong contender for setting up of petrochemicals, chemicals and petroleum investment region (PCP&IR). The state government has already forwarded proposal to the Centre for locating the PCP&IR at Nayachar islands near Haldia.

'Presently, we spend only 3.6 percent of our total GDP for infrastructure while China spends 9 percent for this particular purpose,' he said.

He also pointed out about other major projects included a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal and East-West Metro Railway.

UNI

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