Land not a problem to set up Volkswagen unit in WB: Minister
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Friday welcomed German automobile major Volkswagen to set up a unit in the state and assured them that land would not be an issue.
"We must welcome any formal proposal in this regard expressing the company's desire to set up unit in the state. However we don't have any official communication on the issue," state's Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said.
Stating that land would not be a problem for setting up new units, Chatterjee said, "Let them (Volkswagen authority) express their intention, we will do the rest".
A media report had said that the company wants to set up its unit in the state.
To a question on land, Chatterjee said a number of companies in the state were having land beyond its ceiling of 25 acres, but they are yet to come out with disclosure under section 14Y of the West Bengal Land and Land Reforms Act, 1955.
"I have appealed to the representatives of different chambers of commerce to come out with disclosure of land during the meeting of industrial core committee", he said.
Of those applied under section 14Y of the Act, 11 organisations have already received permission from the government to retain the land beyond the ceiling and 19 would soon receive it, the minister said.
Chatterjee, however, cautioned, "land acquired for the purpose of industrialisation purpose must be utilised for industrialisation only. Otherwise the surplus land has to be returned".