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September 5, 2014

WB Urban Development Minister to visit Chennai to attract investments for Bengal

WB Urban Development Minister to visit Chennai to attract investments for Bengal

State Urban Development and Municipal AffairsMinister Mr Firhad Hakim will visit Chennai to apprise financial institutionsregarding the facilities available at New Town financial hub for setting upoffices.

He said 35 acres of lands at New Town isready for setting up offices for the financial institutions and sufficientinfrastructure was developed for this purpose. “Eleven financial institutions were already accommodated at New Townfinancial hub. More plots are available for setting up office there,” he said.

Mr Hakim will leave for Chennai on 15September.  He will speak to seniorofficials of several South Indian bank and financial institutions. He hadalready visited Mumbai and spoke to the officials of several financialinstitutions and companies for setting up offices in West Bengal.

“Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee'sSingapore visit to bring investment for the state has created a good impact andseveral companies have shown interest to set up their offices here,” he said.Senior official of the Bank of India, Canada Bank, GIC, LIC, HDFC and KotakMahindra are interested to set up offices at New Town financial hub. “We are asking the companies to visit thefinancial hub before singing an MoU,” he said.

The authorities of a financial institutionwill meet Mr Hakim on Saturday for starting the activities. Mr Hakim said hewill prepare a report regarding Lavasa township project. “I have visited theplace and collected documents regarding Lavasa Township project. Stategovernment is keen to set up such kind of township project near hill station,”he said. Around 50 new Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM)buses will ply from New Towns to several places, he said. “We have launched1,200 buses from New Towns to Kolkata and other places till date,” the Ministersaid.