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“Companies in Bengal expanding business”

Staff Reporter

Despite debate on land availability: Minister

Kolkata: Companies that have set up business in West Bengal over the past few years are doing well enough to go in for expansion through further investments and setting up new facilities even as the “sensitive debate on land availability” rages, said the State Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen on Tuesday.

Tech Park

Speaking at the inauguration of Cognizant's Green Tech Park at Bantala in South 24 Parganas district, Mr. Sen pointed out that companies in the service, manufacturing as well as public sectors are expanding business in the State by setting up new facilities despite the reporting by a section of the media which might have generated a negative perception about the State among investors.

“I can assure you that companies that have set up units here are doing very well. Almost all the foreign and domestic companies have decided to expand their capacities. Major players among them are TCS, IBM, Price WaterhouseCoopers in service sector, Mitsubishi and Fritolay in manufacturing sector and SAIL in public sector,” Mr. Sen said.

He underlined the need for companies to set up additional facilities at places like Durgapur and Siliguri in Bardhaman and Darjeeling districts respectively that are being developed by the State Government since there is a problem of ‘limited space” in the city.

Asked about the resistance faced by the State Government from the Opposition regarding industrialisation drive, Mr. Sen said that it is the “responsibility” of all political parties to “arrive at a common decision” in this direction.

Located on 20 acres of the 130-acre-special economic zone at Bantala, the Green Tech Park has a capacity to accommodate more than 4,000 professionals in the first phase and around 16,000 professionals when fully completed.

Mr. Sen said that in view of the setting up of several information and technology facilities in the Bantala area which was originally developed to house tannery units, the State Government has undertaken a Rs.107-crore-worth plan to renovate the four existing common effluent treatment plants in the area and build two more to check pollution.

Waste management

An additional 60 acres have also been acquired for solid waste management purpose in the area.

“The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests generally gives a grant in such projects and so I have personally written a letter to Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and also to the Planning Commission for the grant. If regularised, the Centre will bear 70 per cent of the cost,” he added.

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