W. Bengal to focus on infrastructure public-private-partnership

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Kolkata, Mar 24 : West Bengal authorities have called for public-private partnerships to cater to the core infrastructure needs of the expanding cities.

"To sustain the growth and development of state there is a need for development of infrastructure at fast pace. We need to provide quality roads, 24x7 water supply for all the areas and good quality water, fool proof drainage system so that there is no water logging, proper scientific solid waste disposal and sewage treatment," said P K Pradhan, Principal Secretary, Department Of Urban Development, West Bengal.

Pradhan added that besides Kolkata, the potential growth areas like Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Haldia, also require proper infrastructure development, which will be meted by public-private partnerships.

Kolkata metropolis has become a hotspot for industrialists, who consider it an ultimate investment destination, which is basically a result of 'proactive' state government.

The per capita income of the state has reportedly increased to 7.63 per cent while the retail segment is expecting a growth of 35 per cent. The employment generation has shot up to 3.55 per cent in urban areas and 3.33 per cent in rural areas.

Analysing the socio-political reality in India, it's difficult for the private sector to bring about changes in urban areas without the state becoming an active facilitator.

Experts say that with active participation of both sides, West Bengal can hope to witness better roads, connectivity and over all dynamic infrastructure in the days to come.

ANI

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