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Panel to study resource use by West Bengal steel projects

National,Business, Fri, 05 Dec 2008 IANS

Kolkata, Dec 5 (IANS) The West Bengal government has formed an expert committee to study the land, coal and water requirements of various steel projects before allocating resources, a senior government official said here Friday.


'The committee has already started working on eight steel projects, and made a few suggestions,' West Bengal Industrial Development Corp (WBIDC) managing director Subrata Gupta said during a seminar on the steel sector.



He said the surveys will be a continuous process and that there was no time frame for submission of reports.



The expert committee will focus on chalking out the type of technology suitable for a particular project, as well as its water, coal and land requirement, as these resources are limited, Gupta said.



'The committee is giving suggestions on how to use these resources optimally,' he said. 'We expect the steel companies to abide by the guidelines laid by the committee.'



The committee is headed by Subir K. Bhattacharyya, former managing director of Durgapur Steel Plant, a unit of the Steel Authority of India.



At present, the committee is studying projects of steel companies such as Jindal Group, Adhunik Group, Abhijeet Group, Shyam Steel and Jai Balaji.


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