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West Bengal hails promises of investment

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Hailing the promises of investments made at ongoing Bengal Global Business Summit, Finance Minister today said the government had shared ideas of development and felt the positive pulse of the union ministers to the state's development.

"Today the buzz in the summit was Bengal was taking off and everybody wanted to ride the growth," he said welcoming the industry captains who expressed the desire to invest in Bengal.

Mitra, who was talking about the issue of land raised by Union Transport Minister for the expansion of national highways, said he has been very positive about various developmental projects in Bengal.

"Gadkari has been very positive about investments of Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 55,000 crore. I saw great optimism. He spoke about coal gasification for clean energy. I didn't find anything negative in it," Mitra told newsmen at the end of the first day of the two-day summit.

He also hailed the investment proposed by a private company in setting up a warehouse for farmers in Singur using solar power.

Asked whether the government was satisfied with the promises made by the union ministers in supporting West Bengal, Mitra said, "We had discussions where we have pointed out despite the debt trap we are are moving forward and we have placed the figures of change. These are not accusations. It is a part of federalism, where we have exchanged ideas.

First Published: Fri, January 08 2016. 21:13 IST