If you can contribute and keep the thread running it is fine. Not so sure how much news we can collect outside metro Kolkata considering everything is Kolkata centric.fred_the_cute_guy said:Surely that was under "cityscapes" but not "projects" directory?
If I am not correct, I would be quite happy to have this thread deleted by the moderator and the contents merged into the other one!
I think the Sahara project is gone. Environmentalists have opposed it. They managed to pull in big names like author Amitav Ghosh too in their campaign.Tintin27 said:Well, it will be slow but should be fine because there are projects in Haldia, Durgapur and siliguri. I dont know wat happend to that Sahara's Sunderban project. HEard thats been shelved..
I guess we can use this thread for watz happening regarding the Highways in Bengal including HAldia expressway, The proposed north - south expressway and ofcourse the proposed port at Sagar island
Now this is something interesting, almost out of nowhere... Oil in Sunderbans... Details with anyone? I wasn't aware of this thing!Suncity said:Certain other business houses are also said to be
interested in expanding into the Sunderbans, and this may well have
something to do with recent rumours concerning the possible discovery
of oil in the region.
The West Bengal department of tourism has taken up the development of select destinations like Bishnupur, Cooch Behar, Santiniketan and Mukutmanipur as well as the promotion of 'tea tourism' in the Dooars and Darjeeling areas.
TK Burman, principal secretary of the tourism department, said clearance from the Centre for the tea tourism project was expected shortly.
The project will involve development of cottage at tea estates in the Hila and Murty regions. The department will also undertake infrastructure development at areas surrounding Balabari More in the Dooars.
"The department will be concentrating on developing infrastructure for tourists in the region of Balabari More along with cottages at two tea estates," said Burman.
The overall cost of the project is around Rs 7.98 crore (Rs 79.8 million), he added.
In 2003, domestic and foreign tourists visiting West Bengal numbered 1.13 crore (Rs 11.3 million) and 7.05 lakh respectively, accounting for around 3.5 per cent and 10 per cent share of respective tourist categories in India during the same year.
In 2004, the growth of tourist inflow in the state was 15 per cent. The number of foreign tourists rose mainly in the Sunderbans region, Darjeeling and Mayapur, Burman said.
In an effort to attract more domestic tourists, the department will open a tourist information centre in Mumbai very soon in addition to a similar office existing in New Delhi.
The building in Mumbai housing the Bengal tourism centre will also have the tourism offices of Jharkhand and Orissa.
Indian Oil Corporation will develop a chemical hub at Haldia.
IOC chairman Sarthak Behuria met Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings today and assured him of all assistance in this regard.
Officials said the move was a compensation for the Haldia port, which is set to lose substantial revenue once IOC starts a pipeline to transport crude oil from Paradeep. “IOC today said it will start the pipeline in a year. By expanding the Haldia refinery, it will compensate us for the loss of traffic that is bound to happen,” said commerce and industries secretary Sabyasachi Sen. The Centre has already formed a panel to ascertain if Haldia can be turned into a chemical hub.
Grossly speaking, you are not wrong, mostly right. West Bengal development is too much Kolkata-centric in general. But recently I have observed (felt the inception of) a "small" change in the mindset of the great leaders. Probably they have realized that there is more to West Bengal than Greater Kolkata. There are four major contenders outside the Kolkata-Howrah zone (Greater Kolkata) that can be second-rung places. They are:Luckystreak said:The one thing is the economic activity is being restricted (as of now) to areas in and around kolkata...(correct me if am wrong).....Bengal also needs some second rung cities with siginicant economic activity...