Monday, 24 April 2017

North Bengal comes under Centres priority list

With its unique and strategic location at the junction of many international borders, northern West Bengal has come up in Government of India’s priority list for faster development in its road connectivity under Act East Policy.

SILIGURI: With its unique and strategic location at the junction of many international borders, northern West Bengal has come up in Government of India’s priority list for faster development in its road connectivity under Act East Policy. 

“As part of Act East Policy, North Bengal has been integrated to the Central Government’s development agenda and action plans,” Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin J Gadkari said during his recent meeting with a CII North Bengal chapter delegation. 

India's Act East Policy focusses on the extended neighbourhood in Asia-Pacific region. Though conceived as an economic initiative, the policy has gained political, strategic and cultural dimensions. 

The Minister has also invited CII for a detail discussion on Bangladesh China India Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor and the role of North Bengal in it. Agenda of the meet also includes planning of a road map for Northern Bengal. With its unique location at close vicinity to many international borders, the region can facilitate development and activity of the BCIM corridor. While doing so, the location itself is bound to have a significant boost in its own socio economy. 

“Better physical infrastructure and smoother connectivity will not only be a huge boost to both trade and bilateral trade with the neighbouring countries, but it will also go a long way in attracting big investments across sectors, notably food processing, tourism, education, IT, tea, etc, and generate numerous jobs,” he explained.