Days before the Pujas, two more jewels were added to the crown of Bengal’s industrial movement. In addition to the planned Zhongtong’s bus manufacturing facility near Durgapur, the Bengal government has decided to construct a garment hub in Sector-V, Salt Lake.
These two decisions were taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday at Nabanna.
In 3.78 acres of land in Sector-V, the state has decided to build a garments’ hub where garments will be sold at wholesale rates. The <g data-gr-id="22">non government</g> organizations will be the ones which will be developing the blueprint of the construction while the job of building the hub from the ground up will be the duties of the small and medium cottage industries. At least 25-30,000 people will be employed after the hub is constructed. Along with garments for children, branded company garments will also be sold in this hub. The yearly transaction has been estimated to be around Rs 500 crore.
The garments hub is the second industrial experiment announced after the revelation that Chinese bus manufacturer and supplier Zhongtong was planning to invest Rs 250 crore for developing a bus making facility at Andal, Aerotroplis, near Durgapur.
A state official stated that Zhongtong has taken 15 acres of land in the industrial zone of Aerotroplis city with the MoU to be signed for the project after the puja holidays. The buses would be termed as Bengal Zhongtong Bus and the company plans to manufacture 1,500 buses per year. The unit plans to start functioning from next year and the first bus is likely to roll out from the factory by October 2016.