Nandigram did not annoy investors: CM

Written by Agencies | Kolkata, December 28: | Updated: Dec 28 2007, 21:20pm hrs
The Singur and Nandigram incidents over the issue of industrialisation, have not sent a wrong message to investors, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said.

Though the state received negative publicity due to the violent protest by villagers at these two places, a wrong message was not sent, Bhattacharjee told the annual general meeting of Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

"There has been no withdrawal of proposed investments which were committed by the investors," the chief minister said, adding "investment flows have not been affected."

The year 2007 saw West Bengal receiving its highest investments in the last 15 years. Iron and steel attracted investments to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore, followed by chemicals and petrochemicals and food processing, he said.

West Bengal was a strong contender for setting up of a petrochemicals, chemicals and petroleum investment region (PCP&IR), The state government has already forwarded proposal to the Centre for locating the PCP&IR at Nayachar islands near Haldia.

On the infrastructure front, he said modernisation of Dum Dum airport would start in January 2008 and would be completed by 2010.