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The Government of West Bengal has initiated time bound steps to modernize infrastructure facilities and also to create new clusters and growth centers. Since infrastructure creation involves considerable investments, the state welcomes private participation in this area and has already made considerable progress in laying the groundwork for state-of-the-art industrial facilities to attract entrepreneurs.
The West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation is developing sector specific and multi product industrial parks in the State keeping in mind the GoWB roadmap for rapid industrial growth. An overview of some of the Industrial Parks initiated and / or developed in the State are as follows:
Name Products / Services Location Area (acres)
Manikanchan SEZ ( Phase I and II) Gems & Jewellery Salt Lake, Kolkata 5
Shilpangan (Light Engineering Park) ( Phase I and II) Light Engg. Products. Salt Lake, Kolkata 2.25
Garment Park (Paridhan) Garments Kolkata 8.78
Food Park (Phase I & II)
(Sudha Ras Food Park)
Food processing Sankrail, Howrah 49.98
Kandua Food Park Food processing Sankaril, Howrah 52
Food Park (Phase III) Food processing Sankaril, Howrah  
Bengal Aerotropolis Project Aviation Durgapur – Asansol, Dist. Burdwan  
Raghunathpur Steel & Allied Industrial Park – I Iron & Steel, Cement and Power Raghunathpur, Purulia 684.36
Raghunathpur Steel & Allied Industrial Park – II Iron & Steel, Cement and Power Raghunathpur, Purulia 733.99
Poly Park Polymer products Sankrail, Howrah 60
Rubber Park Rubber footwear, hoses, tubes, automotive rubber products Sankrail, Howrah 90
Plasto Steel Park (Phase - I & II) Iron & Steel and Plastic products Borjora, Bankura 423.20
Foundry Park ( Phase I and II) Castings, Forgings and other Foundry items Sankrail, Howrah 556.93
Vidyasagar Industrial Park Engineering and manufacturing Kharagpur, Pashchim Medinipore 1246.05
Raghunathpur Steel & Allied Industrial Park Iron & Steel, Cement and Power Raghunathpur, Purulia 7420.24
Panagarh Industrial Park Engineering and manufacturing Panagarh, Bardhhaman 2716.198
Shalboni Industrial Park Iron & Stee Shalboni, Pashchim Mediniporel 4500
Godapiasal Industrial Park Cement Godapiasal Pashchim Medinipore 165.5
Salanpur Industrial Park Iron & Steel Salanpur, Bardhaman 2550
Ranigunj Aluminium & Non-ferrous Metals Park Aluminium Smelter Plant & Power Plant Raniganj, Bardhaman 1500.00
Rishi Bankim Industrial Park Multi product Naihati, 24 Parganas (N) 163.38
The government has encouraged the development of Growth Centres through the West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC). The infrastructure facilities provided in these Growth Centres include developed land, industrial shed, water supply, power supply, street lighting, internal drainage & sewerage system. Other facilities such as telephone, banks, post offices, fire stations, police outposts, shopping centers, centre for recreational facilities are also being contemplated for the new Growth Centres. Till date WBIIDC has established 15 Growth centers in different locations of the state such as Kalyani (Phase I, II, III), Falta ( Phase I, II), Uluberia, Bishnupur, Raninagar, Coochbehar, Malda ( Phase I, II) , Dabgram, Haldia, Kharagpur and Bolpur. WBIIDC is also keen to develop industrial parks through the PPP model involving collaboration with industry. 2 industrial parks are at present being developed under PPP model – Integrated Industrial hub at Jalpaiguri and industrial auto park at Jhargram.
There are a number of Intelligent Parks being set up in the State which is now the centre of action for IT and ITeS companies. With more and more software companies moving into Kolkata for software development & BPO operations to drive down costs, several private entrepreneurs & realtors have entered the fray. They are setting up the state-of-the-art intelligent buildings & IT Parks to provide ‘intelligent space’ to IT & ITeS companies. As the Salt Lake Electronics Complex is almost saturated, IT facilities in and around Salt Lake or at New Town, Rajarhat are being set up.
With a view to generate employment, the State Government recognizes the growth of SEZ in selected sectors. The GoWB has also initiated creation of industrial infrastructure in the form of Special Economic Zones which are specially delineated enclaves entitled to several fiscal concessions and incentives. At the moment, there are five functional SEZs operating in the State - Falta SEZ ( multi product zone), Manikanchan at Saltlake (Gems & Jewellary), Wipro at Saltlake( IT/ ITes), Dalmiya and Co Ltd at Bantala (IT/ ITes) and Unitech Hightech at Rajarhat(IT/ ITes). The export through the functional SEZs increased to Rs. 5931.67 crore during 2009-10, an increase of 30%.

West Bengal has received 11 notified approvals, 22 formal approvals and 14 in principle approvals for setting up SEZs in the State. Most of the approvals are in the sectors like IT & ITES, Electronic Hardware and Software, Engineering etc. The SEZs are likely to provide employment to large number of people in the state.
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