Bengal Global Business Summit 2016: Over ` 2.5L invested
At the end of twoday Bengal Global Business Summit, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee happily told, conference had been able to secure a whopping investment proposal of over Rs 250,104 crore. “It’s been a very successful business conclave, the best in India I can tell you,” said Mamta Banerjee. “There were high enthusiasm and a perceptible air of optimism over this year’s summit from all quarters,” she said.
The two-day conference was attended by representatives of 9 countries. Most of the industrialists and visiting dignitaries admitted that they did not have a clear idea about the scale of improved infrastructure that the state had created in the past couple of years. The state government spent about Rs. 35 crore on this meet, making it a really gala, mega event and has had a professional touch.
Giving the break ups – the state finance minister and the chief minister said that the manufacturing sector has received an investment proposal of over ` 1,16,000 crore, urban development about ` 29,000 crore, mining and minerals about ` 23,000 crore, IT and ITes services about Rs. 8650 crore, ITC infotech about ` 1652 crore, greenfield refinery about ` 20,000 crore, automobiles about ` 1500 crore, great eastern hotels about ` 1700 crore, tourism about ` 450 crore and much more.
Mamata Banerjee said that her government was providing tax free fuel to those airlines that are operating via Durgapur-Andal and also at other state airports.
Another significant MoU was signed between a Chinese PSU in automobile sector and the West Bengal Commerce and Industries department regarding manufacturing of high-end buses at Andal adjacent to the airport. Mahindra and Mahindra – another automobile company was said to be also signing a MoU regarding producing of automobiles at the Kharagpur Vidyasagar Industrial park. The Calcutta Goods Transport Association and the WBIDC signed a MoU regarding setting up of a multifaceted logistic hub at Baidyabati in Hooghly with an investment of about ` 5000 crore.
Sapoorji Palonji also signed an agreement for creating a facility of 2000plus dwelling units meant for econimically weaker sections and also the middle income group. Major projects were also coming in the tourism and hospitality sectors, it was learnt with major investments coming in Mega Theme Park resorts, five-star, four-star and three-star resorts coming in at Gajoldoba near Siliguri. ‘Bhorer Alo’ (Light of the Dawn) project – the CM said, “Probably would offer the best view of the Kanchunjunga from this spot in the plains. You have water body, you have forests and wildlife.” This will be one of the finest tourism projects the MoU for which was signed.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee address the Summit