Bhattacharjee optimistic on West Bengal’s industrialisation

November 22nd, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 22 (IANS) Global auto major Tata Motors’ exit from Singur has not lowered West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s spirits and he remains bullish on the state’s industrial prospects.”The foodgrain productivity in the state has gone up substantially due to the good work done by the farmers but only farming will not serve the purpose of the state and the people. We need industres and factories in the state to prosper,” Bhattacharjee said at a rally in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district Saturday.

He said many national and international projects were lined up in the state and sought the cooperation of the people for implementing them.

“There are many projects lined up for Baruipur. We are planning to set up a deep sea port here and to construct many national educational institution over here,” he said.

“There’s no future for the poor people of the state without us. We have to do lot of things for the state with the help of people,” Bhattacharjee added.

Accusing opposition parties of retarding the economic growth of the state, he said they were impeding the state’s industrialisation.

“There is 13.5 million acre of cultivable land in West Bengal. If I give land to all the industrialists who have approached us, then also I will be only giving them a total 100 thousand acres only,” Bhattacharjee claimed.

He said it was high time the state started concentrating on industrialisation.

Criticising the opposition, Bhattacharjee reiterated that the state government would set up an industry at the land vacated by Tata Motors at Singur.

He also rued the absence of auto component units in the state, which was a major stumbling block for the state in attracting auto companies.

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