Kolkata: A Metro rail coach factory is proposed on the land of abandoned Tata Motors at Singur in joint collaboration with the Steel Authority of India Ltd, Railways and the West Bengal government.

"SAIL has given a letter to the state government expressing interest to set up a coach factory of the Metro Rail. I had a talk with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

"I will be happy if Rail, SAIL and the state government jointly set up the coach factory at Singur on 600 acre. We are committed to return the remaining 400 acre to the unwilling farmers," she said.

She said that the Railways had agreed to the proposed Metro coach factory and would send a formal letter soon.

"I made a provision for a Metro coach factory in the Railway Budget when I was the Rail minister. The Railways appear to be interested in a Metro coach factory to be set up on the land at Singur," Banerjee said.

Announcing a slew of industrial projects that her government has taken up for implementation in the next six months, Banerjee said the land at Singur was now with the state government.

There is some court case binding and once it is lifted, we would like to set up industry on 600 acre at Singur," Banerjee said.

The Calcutta High Court has held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, by which the state government had vested the Singur land, to be constitutional.

The court had ordered on September 28 an unconditional stay of the judgement till November two to allow any aggrieved party to file an appeal, if it so desired.

Tata Motors, which was to come up with the Nano car plant at Singur, had moved to Sanand in Gujarat in 2008 citing a law and order problem.

The Chief Minister said the project for eco-tourism at Nayachar in East Midnapore district has been cleared by the Centre and work would begin soon.

The chemical hub project at Nayachar mooted by the earlier Left Front government was scrapped by the present dispensation.

Stating that her government was interested in setting up two textile hubs, Banerjee said she had spoken over phone with Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, who holds additional charge of the Textile Ministry and he had agreed to one of the proposals.

She said Sharma would talk to her about the other textile hub during his visit here on November 4.

Banerjee said she would like the first textile hub to be set up at Dhaniakhali in Nadia district or else at Burdwan, Nadia and Murshidabad districts and land would be available from the state's land bank.

Stating that she would hold talks with Sharma for the revival of the jute industry in the state, she said 100 per cent jute packaging was required.

She said there was a proposal to have an industrial park at Jellingham in East Midnapore district where the state government would partner the Railways and Burn Standard.

She said that the SAIL would like to invest Rs 20,000 crore in Durgapur and Asansol, but did not elaborate.

The Chief Minister made a brief reference to Tractor India's move to open a manufacturing unit in the state, and said that Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) would invest Rs 1,000 crore in the piped gas supply scheme for the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation.

Banerjee said that a message has been given to industries to send specific proposals which would be cleared case by case. "We have already received eight proposals from industries which will be considered at a cabinet meeting on November 1."

The Chief Minister said that efforts were being made to reopen some of the closed PSUs in the state.

(Agencies)