Haldia Petrochemicals has regained health: Amit Mitra

State Industry and Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra Friday said health has returned to Haldia Petrochemicals Limited, which was going through a crisis sometimes back.

Speaking at Petrochem 2015, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Dr Mitra said: ” I feel proud to say that today Haldia Petrochemicals Limited is functioning  at 95 percent of its capacity, which is a record. The company is getting orders from states like Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and is creating around 3,500 direct and indirect jobs, while number of jobs downstream is close to 3 lakhs.  This means health has returned”.

The minister also said that the state is number one in reforms. “We have been rewarded by the Centre for reforms, which shows we are progressing”.

Dr Mitra urged industries to come forward and invest in the petrochemical sectors. “The per capita manufacturing capacity in the state for processed plastic is just 2.8 kgs while per capita consumption is nine kgs. So there is demand and I urge you to bridge this gap”.

The minister also appealed to industries to come up with a proposal and DPR for a petrochem cluster and assured all kinds of support for making the project a reality.

” You send us a proposal and we will consider it seriously”. trying to establish that land is not an issue in the state,the minister said we have around 4500 acres of land under WBIDC and also creating necessary infrastructures on another 4,400 acres. So getting land for setting up your unit won’t be a problem”.