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eGovWatch: WB to e-auction bidding for land to develop analytics city

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The West Bengal government will next month hold an e-auction for bidding of land to set up an analytics city early adjacent to Kalyani township in Nadia district in association with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I)

Speaking at Round Table Meeting with the stakeholders of the ambitious project, organised by the BCC&I, state Urban Development Principal Secretary Debashis Sen said the government would soon publish an advertisement inviting “Request For Proposal” (RFP) from those willing to participate in the tender process.

“After finalising this process, the state government will proceed for bidding of land through e-auction early next month to develop the “Sammriddhi-Kalyani Analytics City,” Sen said.

The meeting was organised to bring on board the experts in the field of development of the Analytics Hub from real estate developers to technology experts, from foreign consulates to other stakeholders along with the government.

The project, one of the six smart cities of the state based on various themes, had received special mention in the meetings of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to London.

With an investment of Rs 3,000 crore, the project would come up in about three years on 52 acres offered by the state government to develop the city.

“The city can be expanded to 250 acres if it gets enough response. In that case the project will draw an investment of about Rs 6,000 crore and take about six years to complete,” Sen said.

The concept of this city of analytics was launched at the ‘Business Analytics Innovation Summit @ Bengal’, organised by the BCC&I in December last year in Kolkata.

Later, the BCC&I passed this idea to the state government, which immediately accepted it and decided to give it a shape, BCC&I president designate Ambarish Dasgupta said.

City planner Dulal Mukherjee prepared a detailed plan layout of the project.

A consortium may also come up to develop the proposed city by Kalyani Expressway, Sen said adding the project could leverage the advantage of intellectual manpower coming from the state’s premier higher education institutions like IIT, ISI, IIEST, JU and IIM.

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