Kolkata: Two days after cancelling the proposed nuclear power plant at Haripur, West Bengal government on Friday scrapped the proposed PCPIR (Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region) at Nayachar Island in East Midnapore district on environmental grounds.

The ruling Trinamool Congress has been opposing both the projects since the days it was in opposition.

Answering a question in the state assembly, Industry and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee said “Government will not allow setting up chemical hub in the state, owing to air and land pollution and threat to the livelihood of fishermen.”

Establishment of PCPIR was announced to be set up at Nayachar by the former Left Front government after stern resistance at Nandigram where it was originally planned.

Nayachar was compared to the Jurong industrial area in Singapore.

The island, however, came under the coastal regulation zone where industries were not permitted under the environment rules.

Chatterjee said that Nayachar would be developed for eco-tourism and the interest of the fishermen inhabiting the island will be protected.

JPN/Bureau