West Bengal to set up two deep sea ports (Lead)

August 16th, 2012 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The West Bengal government will set up two deep sea ports in South 24 Parganas district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. Global tenders would be floated for their construction and operation.

“The port at Sagar would be a joint-venture of the state government, the Railways and the Kolkata Port Trust, while the port at Rosulpur would be built in the public-private partnership mode,” Banerjee told reporters after a meeting of the cabinet committee on infrastructure at the secretariat here.

She informed that global tenders for the construction and operation of the two ports would be floated.

Official sources said, the Sagar port would be a 76:24 joint venture between the central and state governments.

The state government would also set up a large market at Bolpur in Birbhum district for selling of goods manufactured by self-help groups (SHGs).

“It will come up on 199 acres of land of WBIDC (West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation) at Bolpur,” the chief minister said.

In the market, to be christened “Biswa Bangla Bazaar” (Global Bengal Market), goods like potteries and jewelleries would be sold.

Banerjee informed that her government has already set up groups of ministers (GoMs) to form new industrial policy and policies on software, investments and NRI.

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