West Bengal govt mulls blueprint for alternative unit at Singur

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Kolkata, Nov 12 (UNI) West Bengal Principal Secretary (Commerce and Industries) Dr Sabyasachi Sen today said the state would be ready with a blueprint of the land at Singur, currently housing the small-car unit abandoned by Tata Motors, for exploring all possibilities of an alternative industry.

Speaking on the sidelines of a press meet for the announcement of ''Biz Bridge'', Dr Sen said the Tatas had informed that they would relocate the machinery, installed at their abandoned plant in Singur, which he hoped would be over within a year.

Meanwhile, the state would be ready with a blueprint by conducting surveys of the land, he said adding the internal roads, drainage and sewerage systems, set up by the Tatas, would be incorporated in the layout.

'' The survey will find the infrastructure readily available for an industry on the land. In fact, we want to come up with a proper plan capable of exploring all kinds of possibilities, ranging from a largescale unit to an industrial park on the Tata's abandoned project in Singur. It is also probable that three or four firms might set up their plants on the same piece of land. In such case, 150 acre might be taken from outside, if needed, '' Dr Sen elaborated.

According to him, the survey would be conducted by a group of engineers, and no global firm would be employed in this regard.

Dr Sen said the Tata Motors had given the fees for the first two years till March 2009, out of a total lease period of 90 years.

Asked whether there was any exit route to the lease agreement, Dr Sen said the Tatas would only terminate their lease following the relocation of their machineries.


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