State Finance Minister Amit Mitra announced that the state government in principle has agreed to facilitate setting up of three industrial clusters in Jalpaiguri district.
The clusters of small and medium industries would generate 55,000 jobs and would see private investment of Rs 1,490 crore. Present as chief guest during North Bengal business summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Government of West Bengal and West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, Mitra said the new industrial policy of the state government has brought tremendous change in the industrial picture of North Bengal.
He announced that three industrial clusters having 322 industrial units would come up in Jalpaiguri district.
The first proposed industrial cluster near Fulbari will be spread over an area of 32.7 acres with an investment of Rs 175 crore. The 38 units there would generate 5,500 jobs.
The second, known as Shilpangan, and spread over 107 acres, will see an investment of Rs 630 crore. The 139 industrial units there will generate 23,000 jobs. The third, Shilpabrata, spread over 105.80 acres will have an investment of Rs 685 crore and the145 units will generate 26,000 jobs, said Mitra.
Mitra also announced that infrastructure developments at Gajoldoba project spread over 210 acres are complete and investors are bidding for land to set up their projects.
Situated near the Teesta Barrage, Gajoldoba, rechristened as Bhorer Aalo, has been the dream tourism project of CM Mamata Banerjee.