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West Bengal - Projex Plans of Trinamool Congress Government

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The All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) completed two years of governance in West Bengal on 20 May 2013. The following are the projex plans taken up by the government in the last two years.


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Manufacturing Projects


According to a West Bengal government communiqué, the state has received investment proposals worth Rs 1.12 lakh crore since May 2011.


In the manufacturing sector, the state received three large project proposals. The first one was from JSW Bengal Steel to set up a 10 million-tonne unit at Salboni in West Midnapur district at a total cost of Rs 35,000 crore. The second proposal was from ACC to set up a Rs 700 crore cement unit at Kharagpur and the third proposal was from Ultra Tech for setting up a Rs 331 crore cement unit in Hooghly.


West Bengal also received investment proposals worth Rs 2,250 crore in the information technology (IT) sector in March 2013. Companies like Tata Consultancy Services, ITC Infotech, Cognizant and Wipro have committed investments in the state.


To attract more investment in the IT sector, the state government announced the West Bengal Policy on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), 2012 and West Bengal ICT Incentive Scheme, 2012.


The Trinamool government has given approval for setting up two Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) to be developed at Naihati in North 24 Parganas district and Falta in South 24 Parganas district on PPP basis.


Housing Projects


The West Bengal government has taken up construction of 60,000 houses under the Gitanjali, Adhikar and Destitute Housing Scheme.


Higher Education Projects


A Rs 298 crore has been granted for the development of Aliah University Campus at Rajarhat and Gorachand Road. Aliah University has received 20 acres of land at Rajarhat New Town Complex from HIDCO for the campus extension. Further, in February 2013, the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Minority Medical College at in South 24 Parganas.


The First Women University in Eastern India is being set up at Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas. West Bengal State assembly passed the Diamond Harbour


Women's University Bill, 2012 in December 2012. Additionally, the state government intends to set up 42 new Government General Degree Colleges and two new Government Engineering Colleges are being set up at Purulia and Cooch Behar.


As of May 2013, construction of 62 new ITIs and 36 new Polytechnics were going on in the state.


Healthcare Projects


In December 2011, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced setting up of 35 Super Speciality Hospitals in 11 districts including Murshidabad, Malda and South 24 Parganas.


Tourism Projects


West Bengal is implementing India’s largest PPP Model for tourism infrastructure. In Phase-I, eight projects are being developed on PPP basis with a cumulative investment of Rs 3,280 crore. The Gajoldoba Tourism Park Project, with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore, is the biggest amongst these projects. It is being implemented on DBFOT basis and the bidding process is underway.


Power Projects


The state government is planning to set up 100 MW wind power project at Dadan Patra Bar near Mandarmoni in East Midnapore. Further, the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has taken up detailed survey and preparation of DPR for conventional hydro power stations like 125 MW Farakka Barrage hydro project, 36 MW Rammam stage-1 project, 24 MW Rammam Ultimate project and 225 MW Teesta Low Dam project.


WBSEDCL has also launched a detailed survey for 1,000 MW Turga Pumped Storage project and 900 MW Bandhu Pumped Storage project in the Ayodha Hills area of Purulia district.


Irrigation Projects


The state irrigation department has finalized DPRs of 136 irrigation projects spread across the 18 districts of the state and recently got the clearance from the state’s finance department to spend a total amount of Rs 555.67 crore on these projects.


Infrastructure Projects


5,160 km of rural roads are being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Another 6,144 km of rural roads has also been approved.


The state government has initiated the process of setting up two deep sea ports at Sagar Island and Rosulpur on PPP mode in collaboration with the Railway, the state government and the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT).


The new T2 integrated terminal at Kolkata’s NITB (New Integrated Terminal Building) at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, commenced operations in March 2013.


Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of West Bengal, inaugurated the tunneling work of East-West Metro Corridor project in February 2012, marking the commencement of work on the Rs 4,874 crore metro project.


Table: Top-5 Projects in West Bengal, cost-wise
  Project Name
Cost (Rs Crore) 
 Jai Balaji Industries  Integrated Steel (Purulia)
 Vedanta Aluminium  Aluminium Smelter (Bidhanbag)
 Steel Authority of India  Integrated Steel (IISCO)
 Rail Vikas Nigam  Kolkata Metro Project Phase II - Expansion
 Universal Success Enterprises  Coal Based Power (Haldia)


Manufacturing Sector Developments


  • Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) is likely to commission its five million tpa cement plant at Maihar Tehsil in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh
  • Daikin India is planning to increase production capacity at its Neemrana plant in Rajastan by December 2013
  • JSW Ispat Steel is planning to acquire the of HeidelbergCement India’s Raigad cement grinding facility in Maharashtra
  • Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) tractor maker has invested Rs 200 crore in its capex plan for its Nagpur facility in Maharashtra
  • Nestle India will invest Rs 500 crore for expansion and modernisation of its existing milk plant at Moga, Punjab


Infrastructure Sector Developments


  • CCEA has given its approval for implementing 4-laning of the Dimapur-Kohima section in Nagaland
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) signed an MoU for the execution of phase I of the Kochi Metro Rail Project
  • Ennore Port has invited RFQ for development of container terminal at Ennore Port in Tamil Nadu
  • Vedic Realty will invest Rs 300 crore to launch a new duplex homes project - GreenTech City - at Rajarhat in Kolkata, West Bengal
  • The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Rajasthan has invited bids for drinking water supply project in the state


Power Sector Developments


  • NHPC has started work on unit I of Teesta Low Dam hydel power project stage-III at Darjeeling in West Bengal
  • MoEF has given environmental clearance to NTPC's capacity augmentation of 500 MW (Stage IV) coal-based thermal power plant at Feroz Gandhi Unchahar thermal power station at Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh
  • eGateway India has invited bids for coal-based power unit at Titlagarh in Bolangir, Orissa
  • GMR Londa Hydropower (GLHPPL) has submitted its proposal for 3x75 MW Talong Londa Hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh, CEA for according concurrence
  • THDC India has finalised its corporate and financial plans, with an investment of Rs 24,000 crore in the next ten years


Quote of the week:


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"In 2012-13, Bengal outperformed the national average in key performance indicators. In GDP, agriculture, and allied sectors, industry and services, the state grew faster than India,"

Mamata Banerjee,
Chief Minister of West Bengal


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