No more Singurs; WB to have land for industries on fingertips

The digitisation of the map is being done by the National Informatics Centre of the Government of India.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: February 10, 2009 2:16 pm

A long-standing demand of the Opposition to have a land use map for West Bengal,which would make the task of finding sites for industries easier,is set to be met with the Land and Land Reforms (L&LR) Department of the state Government finally starting work on the project.

The map would give online all required information on a plot that is being considered as a site for industry. The digitisation of the map is being done by the National Informatics Centre of the Government of India.

“We have covered some blocks and we are working fast to finish it,” a senior official of the L&LR Department told The Indian Express. West Bengal has 341 blocks and 37,910 villages.

Impressed with the idea,the Union Ministry of Rural Development is planning to set up a centre in Kolkata to train officials of other states in preparation of similar maps. Last month,Rita Sinha,Joint Secretary in the Ministry,visited Kolkata to take a look at the project’s progress.

West Bengal has a total of about 8 million hectares of land,of which 63 per cent is agricultutral land. West Bengal’s Minister for Land & Land Reforms Abdur Rezzaq Mollah said his department would try to finish the job as early as possible. “Once the digitisation is over,it will be easy for the Government to find land for industries,” he said.

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