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Land will not be a problem in Bengal: Mamata to industrialists

PTI 26 Nov 2014, 16:54:02 PM IST

Haldia (WB):  Assuring industry captains that land would not be an issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that the land bank, set up by her government, was there to meet the need.  “We have land bank. Land will not be an issue for industry,” the Chief Minister said, unveiling the CESC's 600 MW Rs 4,600 crore thermal power plant in this industrial township.

She also said that her state had surplus power and that indusrial growth was on good track.  Citing an instance of the NTPC's proposed 1,320 MW power plant at Katawa, Banerjee said, “Sometime back there was a land disupte between the farmers and the NTPC, but the government had sorted it out.”
“We have provided 100 acres of land from the land bank.  

The local people are happy,” she said, adding that similarly land had been made available for the DVC's 1,200 MW plant at Raghunathpur in Purulia district.
Land for the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited's plants in Sagardighi and Purulia had also been allotted, she said.

She said there was some problem at Andal (the proposed greenfield airport). “It was a local issue. We solved the problem.”
“We are also adding 5,840 MW capacity under the Centre-state government joint project,” she said.  

Assuring industrialists that all problems could be sorted out, she said, “Industry needs power, manpower, atmosphere, land and friendly atmosphere”.
“There has to be a bridge between the employer and the employee. Then there will never be any problem,” the Chief Minister said, adding small issues can be solved through talks.

“Bengal will surge ahead on the path of development.  Industrial infrastructure is being developed,” she said, adding that the “number of mandays lost in Bengal has come down from 80 lakh to zero”.

She also said that Bengal's growth rate in the service sector was higher than the national average, and that “Bengal is a gateway to the Northeast”