Govt trims planned Nayachar hub

Days after ASSOCHAM study showed that West Bengal has slid from rank 4 in 2007 to rank 13 in 2008 in terms of industrial investment plans..

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 27, 2009 2:47 am

Days after ASSOCHAM study showed that West Bengal has slid from rank 4 in 2007 to rank 13 in 2008 in terms of industrial investment plans,the state has decided to revise its 2006 agreement with the Salim Group of Indonesia to put on hold three of the key projects that were part of the proposed chemical hub at the Nayachar.

The projects that have been be put on the backburner are a knowledge hub a Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district ,an expressway from Barasat to Raichak and a medical hub in North 24 Parganas district.

As per the revised agreement,the NKID group,of which the Salim group is a major stakeholder,will be the partners of the state government in three major projects — a) the bridge connecting Raichak in South 24 Parganas and Kukrahati in Haldia,a fly-over at Amta in South 24 Parganas and the approach road to the bridge,b) PCPIR at Haldia and Nayachar and c) the deep sea port.

This was discussed at a meeting held between Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and MD of Salim Group,Beni Santoso. Prasun Mukherjee of Unitech Universal,a partner of NKID,and other senior officials of the state government were present in the meeting.

The state government has also increased its control in two projects by deciding to set up two committees of secretaries,one for the PCPIR and the deep sea port and the other for the bridge and Amtala fly-over. The committees will supervise the progress of the work. The government has also decided to set up three separate bodies for the three projects — the bridge,the port and the PCPIR.

Santoso said they were ready to start work at Nayachar. “We are happy that West Bengal has got the PCPIR project. We thanked the chief minister and told him we were ready to start work,” Santoso said.

The first thing to be done so far as Nayachar is concerned was to start filling up the land. “KOPT has been asked to dump the soil it gets from dredging at Belari char near the Haldia port. We plan to develop at least 2,000-3,000 acres of land where construction of IOC refinery can be started in 2-3 years time,” Sabyasachi Sen,principal secretary,department of commerce and industries,said.

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