Hinduja keen on setting up medi city in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Feb 2 (UNI) The Hinduja Group is keen on setting up a medi city and a greenfield healthcare facility in and around Kolkata.

This was conveyed by Group Chairman Ashok Hinduja during a meeting with West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen in Mumbai on January 30.

Mr Hinduja told the Minister that the group was interested in setting up of the medi city with an integrated facility for healthcare, learning and training.

" They want the project near Kolkata for availability of good doctors and other related facilities, " Mr Sen told reporters today.

He said the proposed project would require a minimum of 50 acre of land.

" They are also interested in starting a healthcare facility project in Kolkata. It could be either in the greenfield or by taking over some ailing organisation, " Mr Sen said.

During the meeting, which was part of the West Bengal Government's effot to woo investment, Mr Sen also requested Mr Hinduja to explore the possibility of participating in the Haldia Petro Chemical project and setting up of a truck manufacturing unit in Eastern India.

" They are thinking in a positive way regarding participation in Haldia Petrochemical project. They are probably contemplating setting up of a refinery in the downstream, " Mr Sen said.

Possibility of Ashok Leyland's investment in the emerging auto sector in the state was also explored during the meeting with the Hinduja Group.

The West Bengal Minister also had a separate meeting with Reliance Industries' Chairman Mukesh Ambani, who said the proposed natural gas pipeline to Haldia was expected to be on track by 2011.

Reliance Industries had announced in 2006 its decision to invest between Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 crored in a natural gas pipeline to be laid from the Krishna-Godavari basin of Andhra Pradesh and the Mahanadi basin in Orissa to the industrial township of Haldia in West Bengal.

The natural gas would then be used to meet the energy requirements of industries in West Bengal.

During his Mumbai visit, Mr Sen also met Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata to discuss the progress of the small car plant project in Singur.

Both Mr Sen and state Industries Secretary Sabyasachi Sen attended a CII industrialist's interaction in Mumbai today to explore avenues of investment in West Bengal.

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