WB: Barabani Steel Project

The Videocon group has asked West Bengal government for a fresh piece of land for its proposed steel plant after Coal India said the current location has mineral reserves.”We require 4,200 acres for the project. Of this, 3,000 acres are to be brought by us directly. Now the CIL has written to us that land cannot be allocated as it has coal “So we have proposed reallocation of the site or realignment of land for the project,” Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot told reporters here after a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Dhoot said the Chief Minister had assured him of taking up the matter with Delhi for an early solution.”We are also in touch with the CIL authorities over the matter. The Central Mine Planning and Design Institute has been asked to identify the land containing coal bed,” he said. Consumer electronics giant Videocon group signed a memorandum with the West Bengal government in October 2007 for setting up a three-million-tonne integrated steel plant and a 1,200 MW thermal power plant in the Jamuria-Barabani area. The total project cost for the steel and power plants was estimated at Rs 20,000 crore. Dhoot said the designs of the integrated steel plant and the power plant were ready. The power plant would be set up...

WB: Burdwan Hospital Project

Bengal’s first super-speciality government hospital outside Calcutta had to wait years with new machines wrapped and idle because the authorities were hunting for a place to house the facility in CPM bastion Burdwan. The centre is to be inaugurated tomorrow, five years after it was announced to much fanfare and almost two years since equipment worth Rs 12 crore arrived and was mothballed because the authorities had not thought of the space until last year. “The hospital will be thrown open to the public tomorrow,” said Uday Sarkar, the chief of the CPM-run zilla parishad which was asked by the health department to build the 500-bed centre. Health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra will attend the opening along with industries minister Nirupam Sen, who hails from Burdwan. “Poor people will get ultra-modern cardiac and other specialised treatments here,” the health minister had said last month about the hospital, which has been named Anamoy. Mishra’s visit was believed to have spurred the authorities into speeding up the project. But asked about the delay, he blamed it on lack of “suitable place”. “Once we decided on the building, the second floor had to be built. Two more floors will be added in the near future,” Mishra said. There was no explanation for new equipment being kept idle for two years when it could have been put to use if the authorities had thought of the space first. The hospital, an extension of Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, will have an advanced cardiology, nephrology, urology and burn units as well as a trauma care centre — a long-standing demand as the accident-prone National...