A day after Mamata Banerjee offered 1,000 acre land for setting up of a factory either by Tata/BMW or any other car manufacturing company at Goaltore in West Midnapore, the district authorities have
started chalking out places on war footing to develop the area.
Local people started seeing a new ray of hope after the land remained unused for decades. The local administration and officials of concerned department of the state government have initiated planning to ensure availability of the infrastructure needed for setting up of the factory on the land where there was a jute seed research centre in 60s.
The research centre closed in 1980 after it started incurring heavy loss. Since then the entire land remained unused. Finally the plot was handed over to the West Bengal Industry Development Corporation.
According to an official of the district, there are no concrete roads within the premises that is under the possession of the corporation and where Chief Minister has proposed for a factory. There are some “moram”-top roads connecting the closed office of the jute research centre. Moreover, the level of the plot is such that there is no need to dump additional soil or fly-ash for levelling of the land before constructing the shed for the factory. “Thus it is an advantage for the company that will set up its unit here as it does not need to bear additional expense for levelling of the land,” he said.
There would be sufficient supply of water from Kangshabati river passing by the proposed plot and sub-stations would be set up to ensure uninterrupted supply of power. Steps have been taken to improve the road transport facility. The plot is situated at a distance of around 10 km from the main road.
Sources said steps have also been taken to construct a six-lane road to connect the plot with the main road. Workers have already been taken to clean the plot.