The immediate past chairman of Coal India Ltd., P. S. Bhattacharyya on Friday took charge as the Managing Director of Haldia Petrochemicals, West Bengal's showpiece industry. He will visit the plant on April 2, the foundation day.

Holds meetings

He held meetings with the two major promoters of the three-way joint venture during the day. Purnendu Chatterjee of The Chatterjee Group and Subrata Gupta of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (the state's apex industry promotion agency) had discussions with Mr. Bhattacharyya who also met the senior management team. Detailed discussions are slated to be held on April 4.

He told this correspondent later that the company had all the potential to transform itself into a global petrochemical company and his efforts would be directed towards this end.