Tea estates’ land to be used for tourism

The Statesman

Kolkata, 9 July:

Tea estate owners could set up hotels or develop any spots for tourist attraction in the tea estates’ lands. The decision was taken during the meeting of the cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure, industry and employment at Writers’ Buildings today. It has been decided that one-acre land of any tea estate could be developed for attracting tourists.
Tea estate owners have to appeal tourism department for getting permission and they have to obtain no objection certificate from pollution control board.  However state industry and commerce minister Mr Partha Chatterjee was not present at the meeting and several important issues including incentives schemes for industrialists, withdrawing of the entry tax were not discussed. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the meeting. It may be recalled that the state government stopped convening of the industrial core committee meeting for indefinite period. A senior official of the industry and commerce department said that industrialists might gradually lose their interest for investment in the state, as several important issues including availability of the land for setting up industries; incentives schemes are not being discussed in the meetings.

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