Special Correspondent

Seeks participation in the proposed chemical hub in Haldia

KOLKATA: The Indonesia-based conglomerate, Salim Group, proposes to invest in a special economic zone [SEZ] in Haldia in West Bengal's Purba Midnapore district and has sought participation in the chemical hub that is to come up in the port town.

The Chairman of the Salim Group, Benny Santoso, met the West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, here on Friday and discussed its SEZ proposal, part of a composite plan that includes the setting up of several infrastructure projects in different parts of the State.

The projects include the construction of a bridge over the Hooghly, a highway linking the South and North 24 Parganas districts and the setting up of a knowledge city and a health city in North 24 Parganas.

Social infrastructure

The Indonesian conglomerate has sought from the State Government 35,000 acres for its different projects. The SEZ, along with the necessary social infrastructure around it, is expected to come up over 25,000 acres.

Mr. Santoso had visited the proposed site for the SEZ on Thursday.

A final agreement for the different projects involving the Salim Group is expected to be signed by July 30 after a detailed project report is submitted by the conglomerate to the State government. A memorandum of understanding for the composite plan had been signed earlier.

The group is also seeking participation in the proposed chemical hub in Haldia. The project had been discussed at meetings between the Chief Minister and the Union Petroleum Minister, Murli Deora, as well as officials of the Indian Oil Corporation.