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Videocon unhappy with Bengal over coal blocks

Videocon unhappy with Bengal over coal blocks
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Jan 06 2010. 05 33 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jan 06 2010. 05 33 PM IST
Kolkata: Videocon group on Wednesday alleged the West Bengal government was not doing enough for the allotment of coal blocks to the local companies for their projects in the state.
Group chairman Venugopal Dhoot said, “Although the coal policy is being framed by the Centre, the state government has a big say in this.”
“The state government is not demanding allotment of coal blocks for local industries in the state. Companies from Maharashtra and Gujarat are taking coal from here, but we are not getting it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a Assocham meeting.
Dhoot said the state government should immediately take up the issue seriously.
In 2007 October, Videocon announced its foray into the steel sector and proposed to set up a steel plant in the first phase near Asansol in the state.
He, however, ruled out scrapping of the project due to the delay.
Dhoot said the company had already acquired 300 acres out of about 1,000 acres required for the plant.
In the same meeting, state industry minister Nirupam Sen said the government would take up the issue with the Centre soon.
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First Published: Wed, Jan 06 2010. 05 33 PM IST