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West Bengal yet to receive Tajpur Port proposal from Centre

Senior state government official aware of the issue said as things stand now there is no room for the Centre in financial partnership

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Amit Mitra
West bengal Finance Minister, Amit Mitra

The government on Friday said it was committed to the Tajpur deep sea port but it has not received any proposal from the Centre so far.

The state finance minister informed on Friday, on the sidelines of a roadshow on maritime opportunities in

A senior state government official aware of the issue said as things stand now there is no room for the Centre in financial partnership.

Mitra was replying to a question on recent comments of the Port Trust (KoPT) chairman M T Krishna Babu that the viability of the deep sea port at Sagar Islands is hinging upon another port in Tajpur-Shankarpur in the state.

The chairman had said that the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) had written to the government about its stand on the

Mitra also hoped that when the state was growing at 12 per cent there was scope for 3-4 more port projects all of which would be viable.

The state government was planning to float request for a proposal in the next two months and select partner over next months for nine berths of the in the first phase. The state government envisages investment to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore in two phases.

Mitra said state government would build the requisite infrastructure to connect the

Officials from and were present among others at the roadshow.

Meanwhile, the state was planning to come out with a maritime policy and draft policy prepared by Crisil.

Bengal plans optimal utilisation of its 158 km coastline for industrial development, tourism and employment generation from the maritime sector.

First Published: Fri, August 26 2016. 17:42 IST
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