Sometime back the DLF group announced its plan to develop a 95-acre land in Durgapur to build a mini-township. The land was owned by the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority or the ADDA, and they are now selling it to DLF for a whopping Rs.30 lakhs an acre.
DLF’s plan is not a flash-in-the-pan development. Durgapur, Asansol and adjoining areas are seeing large investments of late, most notably steel industries. Not taking IISCO’s Burnpur modernization plan into account, the recent spate of proposed private steel plants easily sum up to an impressive Rs.41,000 crores. This includes the Sajjan Jindal group’s Salboni plant and a couple of others.
Experts say if and once the steel plants see the light of the day, Bengal will become the highest steel producing state in India.
And now there is another good news. The central government has agreed to build a new airport on an abandoned WW-II airstrip in Andal, 10, 18 and 200 km respectively from Durgapur, Asansol and Kolkata.
The investment is said to be in the region of Rs.10,000 crore that will include a 2300-acre township. What will there be in the township?
Apart from the usual flats, malls, IT parks, hospitals, food courts, educational institutions, and what not, the township will have aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul center and a flying school.
The flying school will be the second in the state after the Behala flying school, which is also to re-start very shortly.