“Let the HBT come to us and then we will reply”

Even as Haldia Bulk Terminals Pvt. Ltd. (HBT), a cargo operating company, announced its decision to pull out of the Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), West Bengal Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee claimed on Wednesday that industrialisation in the State was on course and said HBT had no agreement with the government.

Asked by journalists to comment on HBT’s exit, he said the government was not involved, and any questions should be directed to the Kolkata Port Trust.

As for industry, the State was only too well aware of developments in the sector. “Barring a section of media, everyone is sure that we are on course” he said.

Asked about the law and order situation at HDC, Mr. Chatterjee said: “Will the media ensure law and order. We will ensure law and order. Let them [HBT] come to us and then we will reply.”

HBT, which operated two of the 12 berths at HDC, said it was pulling out because of the failure of the authorities to ensure the safety of its employees.

Asserting that “nothing has happened at Haldia,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday refused to acknowledge the impasse there and blamed a section of the media for highlighting the issue.