Mr Nirupam Sen, West Bengal’s minister for industries, said that the government has sent a proposal to the appropriate ministry for establishing a chemical hub in a different site. This is the state government’s alternative to Nandigram, for a chemical hub.
The new site is a 21 km strip of land in the middle of the Haldi river, three metres above sea level and is accessible only by motorized boats.
The state cabinet on September 17 endorsed a plan to locate the Indonesia-based Salim group’s chemical complex on the strip of land, called Nayachar.
The land bar (geologists say Nayachar doesn’t qualify for island status) lies about three km east of Haldia in East Midnapore district and 11 km from Nandigram.
Paramashish Ghosh Roy has the details.