Kolkata: The efforts to boost industries in West Bengal have slowly but surely started to derive the desired results. In a meeting with the state Cabinet soon after Kalipuja and Diwali, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Steel Authority of India and Railways have submitted a proposal to set up a rail coach factory in Singur.

Previously, Singur was in the thick of controversy over the setting up of Nano plant by Tata Motors. While 400 acres of Singur land would be returned to the farmers, the rail coach factory will be set up on the remaining 600 acres. 

Banerjee said, “SAIL in a letter to the State Government has expressed its interest to set up a rail coach factory. Following which, I had a discussion in this regard with the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.”

The factory would be set up in a joint venture of Railways and SAIL. “Once the court bindings are lifted, we will like to set up the Rail Coach factory at the earliest,” she added.

The Calcutta High Court on September 28 ordered an unconditional stay on Singur Land till November 2 to allow any aggrieved party to appeal in higher courts.

Besides, the State Government also held deliberations with the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma, for setting up a textile hub in West Bengal.

Banerjeee informed that the Centre has agreed to set up a textile hub in West Bengal for which it has also decided to release Rs 50 crore to the state government.

Giving further details, the CM said that plans are afoot to set up industrial clusters in 17 districts. She did not fail to mention that plans are in pipeline to include eight more districts in the projects. She also informed the Cabinet about the prominent industries which are expected to soon come up in the state.

(JPN/Bureau)