Bengal moves closer to setting up electronic clusters

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) The West Bengal government is hopeful of appointing transaction advisors by next month for setting up two electronic manufacturing clusters (EMCs), an official said Saturday.

The government has already identified 70 acres and 42 acres of land for the clusters to be developed at Naihati in North 24 Parganas district and Falta in South 24 Parganas district, respectively, the official said.

“Request for proposals for the two clusters have already been floated. We are hopeful of appointing separate detail transaction advisors for the projects within the first week of May,” Susanta Majumdar, secretary of the state’s department of information technology and electronics, told reporters here.

The state government will engage separate transaction advisors for developing the two EMCs.

Majumdar said the advisors would prepare detailed project reports and also identify potential investors.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, organised by Eastern India Regional Council of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

The central government will provide financial assistance to the state for the EMCs, which will be set up through public-private partnership, he said.

The centre has a plan to set up over 200 EMCs across the country. These EMCs are expected to aid the growth of the electronics systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector and help development of entrepreneurial ecosystem.

On the proposed 26 IT hubs to be developed in West Bengal, Majumdar said tenders had already been finalised for setting up of the hubs at Rajarhat, Purulia and Barjora (in Bankura district).

The government had also finalised tenders for the second phase of the hubs at Siliguri and Durgapur.

“We have also identified land at Burdwan, Haldia and Asansol among others for the proposed IT hubs,” the official added.

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