State delegates in team to Japan
West Bengal has been invited by the Centre to be part of a delegation to Japan to attract investments for the three petrochemical, chemical and petroleum investment regions coming up in the country. State industries minister Nirupam Sen said on Wednesday that this clearly indicted that the formal clearance for the chemical hub at Nayachar was just a matter of time now.
Representatives of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal the states where the PCPIRs are proposed to be set up had been invited to be part of the delegation that is expected to leave in the fourth week of March, Sen told newspersons in the Assembly lobby. From Bengal, the industry secretary and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation executive director would go.
Sen said though the government had not yet been informed in writing about the decision of the Union Cabinet on the PCPIR at Nayachar, it has learnt from newspaper reports that the Cabinet had given its nod to the project and the state was in possession of minutes of the high-powered committee. 'Besides, official sources have told us that the approval has been obtained.'
But the government will now have to prepare the master plan and the detailed project report and obtain clearance for the project. An administrative body for the PCPIR would also have to be set up.
Sen argued that the provisions of the Coastal Regulatory Zone Act of 1991 would be met as it entailed that constructions could not be set up within a specific area of the coastline. Even after meeting this provision, about 13,000 acre would be available in Nayachar to set up industrial units.
Altogether, 62,500 acre (about 250 sq km) will be required for the PCPIR. Of this, industrial units will be located on 40% of the area (about 25,000 acre) while roads, houses, schools and hospitals will occupy the rest. In the plot earmarked for industrial usage, chemical units are already there on 12,000 acre in Haldia. This will be part of the PCPIR. The remaining 13,000 acre will be on Nayachar.
At Haldia, IOC and Cals have two refineries. At Nayachar, IOC would set up another 10-million tonne refinery while Cals will double its capacity from 5 million tonne to 10 million tonne. Sen expects PCPIR to generate about one million jobs 'over time.'