Ben­gal Global Busi­ness Sum­mit 2016: Over ` 2.5L in­vested

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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

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