Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday chose to hardsell West Bengal as an investment destination telling the industrialists that land would not be a problem for setting up projects here.
Land is not a problem. Without capturing or grabbing farm land,our government has been able to clear more than 12,000 acres of land for industrial projects, Mamata said at a Vijaya Sanmilani of industrialists in Kolkata.
She urged the industrialists to invest in the state as there was a stable political climate prevailing,and also advised not to wait till the outcome of the next general elections in 2014.
We have a stable government and there is peace all around. Problems in Junglemahal and Darjeeling have been amicably solved and the situation is conducive for investment, Mamata said.
Delineating the potential areas of investment,she said the government had already come out with its textile,MSME and industrial policies. She said investors should look at sectors like roads,transport,civil aviation,tourism,helicopter services,MSME and surface transport.
The government plans to build 3,000 km of road. Here private investors are also encouraged to participate on a PPP basis, the Chief Minister said.
Despite the severely-strained financial situation of the state caused by unbridled borrowings by the previous Left Front government,the government was determined to take the state forward and was ready to face all sorts of challenges,she said.
Regarding the Singur issue,Mamata said the issue is yet to settled. I hope the court will give its verdict in shortly, she said.
During her stay in power since May 2011,she said that mandays lost had come down drastically as her party policy was not to support bandhs or encourage any sorts of negative activity.
Taking a dig at rival political parties,she said: Political parties may say something because it suits them.
Noted industrialists who attended the meet were ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar,Apeejay Group chairman Karan Paul,Tarun Jhunjhunwala of Reliance Industries,Sanjiv Goenka,Harsh Neotia,Sanjay Budhia,M K Jalan,Prasoon Mukherjee and C K Dhanuka.
Consular officials,members of trade bodies and others,apart from states Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee and other ministers were also there in the meet.