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Port-based industrialisation to be key focus in Bengal Global Business Summit 2017

 Debamoy Ghosh |  2016-12-08 00:11:40.0  |  Kolkata

Port-based industrialisation to be key focus  in Bengal Global Business Summit 2017

Port, mining and MSME will be the key areas to focus at Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) 2017.

Eyeing the third edition of BGBS, set to stage in on January 20-21, the Bengal government is ready to proclaim mega investment proposals, a sizeable portion of which will come from private players in these sectors, the officials of industry and commerce department believe.

The government recently framed a Maritime Policy with the help of global analytical company Crysil. With that, the government has also opened opportunities to widen ‘post based industrialisation’ to add a sharp edge in Bengal’s trade scenario.

Displaying the state as the possessor of third largest mineral resources across the nation, the state government will look forward to get investment in mining sector as well. However, the commerce and industry department will promote sectors like textile, gems and jewellery, leather, jute, forging, casting, apparel and handicraft under MSMEs. The state government has already announced an investment to the tune of Rs 16,000 crore and 10,000 direct job creations in Tajpur Port and in the port-led industrial circuit there. The department has initiated Adani Ports and Essar Ports for investment there.

The development of robust infrastructure in ports, exploring various opportunities in consultation with global analytical firms and development of inland waterways to optimally leverage its maritime advantages are already underway. Now, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Limited (WBIDC) is ready to promote deep sea port at Tajpur, Sagar Island and new port with ship building facility at Kulpi.

The state will also talk about the coal reserves of Deocha Pachmi in West Bengal, second largest in the world, at 2,00,000 million tonne, alone can create many jobs. The Deucha Panchmari Dewangunj coalmines project will be implemented jointly by West Bengal Mineral Development Corporation and Bengal Birbhum Coalfields Ltd. The project is likely to be operational in 2019 and will employ about one lakh people.

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) have indicated that Bengal has untapped reserves of iron ore, dolomites, tungsten, fireclay, granite and sand.

The state has tied up with Kudremukh Iron Ore Company (KIOCL) for iron ore deposit exploration. Recently, Kudremukh, a public sector company, has joined hands with the West Bengal Mineral Development and Trading Corporation (WBMDTC) to start a joint venture of Rs 850 crore.

MSMEs are undoubtedly the area which will get most of the attention in the upcoming BGBS. Handicraft, textile, jute, gems and jewellery have huge prospect in this state as adequate land is ready for making industrial parks.

“We would like to promote port-based industrialisation in the upcoming BGBS 2017,” said a senior officer of commerce and industry department.

The facts that would be showcased are various facilities and advantages of port-based industrialisation. The deep sea port at Bhor Sagar, which is a joint venture between the Centre and state government, will cost around Rs 16,000 crore. The work is under process in equity participation by Kolkata Port Trust and the state government. The project is also looking for a concessionaire through public private partnership (PPP). The requirement of land is 347 acre which is already in possession.

The green field port at Tajpur is going to be constructed in a revenue share model, as the state government is not looking for a joint venture with the Centre here. The state will build the main infrastructure and invite private players for the rest of the infrastructure. Revenue share model will be followed for the business.

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