The industrial park will have focus on renewable energy and the state government is looking for land for the park in Kharagpur or Durgapur, depending on the availability.
“The state government is very proactive about industry and taking serious initiative on the park. We have held several rounds of meetings on this,” Siddharth Bhutoria , Chairman of IEEMA Eastern Region, told ET.
The industrial park will house new age and hi-tech companies, in addition to the traditional industries. The park would be a new age hi-tech manufacturing hub. Bengal has a large talent pool and necessary infrastructure, Bhutoria added.
With the Tajpur deep sea port coming up in Bengal, the industry body feels that it will boost the opportunities and will act as the gateway of the entire ASEAN countries .
“The proposed deep-water port at Tajpur would boost exports and help us to bring in companies from across the globe in the renewable energy and electric vehicles (EV) manufacturing sector. The focus of IEEMA is to bring in non-traditional sectors under its fold and provide a platform to MSMEs,” Bhutoria said while speaking to the media after the inaugural session of the 3rd edition of IEEMA Eastern Region- ‘Empower Energise East’ – E3 conference, which was kicked off in Kolkata on Thursday.
Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Power-Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma and West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary S Suresh Kumar were present at the occasion.
The focus of this edition of E3 are emerging Technologies for electrical and electronics Industry, smart cities and future business opportunities. The event aims to bring together the electrical Industry, Technocrats, government utilities, new Industry segments like Oil Refineries, Cement, Railways, Steel etc on the same platform. IEEMA is the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India.
“We are investing around 17 lakh crore for generating 150GW of solar power by 2030. We need to build a collaborative association with the electrical industry,” Bengal Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Kumar said at the inaugural session.
“The central government has an extensive plan to generate more green power from sustainable renewable energy resources. The need for a modern state of art microgrid research infrastructure is required in the country for carrying out extensive research in this area. Eastern India offers tremendous potential for infrastructure development and investment opportunities,” Vipul Ray IEEMA- President said.