Seven days after the Supreme Court ordered to return the 997 acquired lands to Singur farmers CM Mamata Banerjee appealed to automakers Tata and BMW to invest in Bengal.
The Bengal CM is now in Munich for a business meeting and she preferred investors to invest in the eastern Indian state. She assured that the state offers strategic proximity to Southeast Asian countries.
She urged that Bengal has many professional and trained workers. PTI reported Mamata Banerjee’s statement as saying, “We will help. Give us the choice, we will give you all options. If you want to set up industry, the state government will give land from the land bank. Our land bank, land policy is ready. If you come, we will be happy.”
She addressed a delegation of 160 companies and requested them to come Bengal to set up an auto hub. “BMW representatives are here. I am requesting you to invest in Bengal. Land won’t be a problem. There is a lot of opportunity in the transport sector.”
Banerjee requested Tatas to invest in Bengal. “Bengal with its 90.1 million people offers a market as well. You can set up a plant here along with ancillaries. We will provide you land from the land bank. Tata representatives have come with us. I request the Tatas to invest in Bengal.”
Tata also showed their interest. During the `Bengal in Deutschland’ interaction two Tata groups’ representatives Tata Metaliks MD Sanjiv Paul and Tata Steel MD T V Narendran gave their positive feedback on Bengal.
According to State officials, the interaction between the Bengal team led by finance minister Amit Mitra and BMW representatives will enhance the state’s pro-industry image.
The CM invited the German industry members to join the Bengal Global Business Summit which will be held in January. She said “We have also upgraded our infrastructure and are ready to provide logistic support to industry. Two new ports and the airport at Andal are coming up. Few more are in the pipeline.”
Her statements about industries in Bengal demonstrated that she wants to bury the past- Singur land acquisition controversy and looking for a fresh start.