INDIAN STATES : WEST BENGAL
West Bengal is located at the centre of the eastern
region of India. It is strategically positioned with
three international frontiers, Bangladesh, Nepal and
Bhutan. The state of West Bengal borders the states
of Bihar, Orissa, Sikkim and Assam. It stretches for
about 700 Km, from the Bay of Bengal in the South to
the mighty Himalayas in the North.
West Bengal has emerged as a prime investment destination
in India with a large number of foreign investments
at Howrah and Kolkata. Haldia is set to be the next
petrochemical hub. The steel city of Durgapur and the
colliery belts of Asansol are gaining popularity as
a ferro alloy hub. The northern parts of Siliguri and
Jalpaiguri are also attracting scores of investors.
Total investments in the state during 1991-2003 stood
at Rs.24,436 crores. In 2004, it further rose to 26,480
crores and the quantum of investments is increasing
by the year.
0.89 (Lakh Sq Km)
Population (2001 Census) In lakhs
Percentage of State Population to All India Population
English, Bengali, Hindi
Source: Economic Survey of West Bengal 2005-06
- Summer : 24 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius
- Winter : 7 degree Celsius to 26 degree Celsius
- Average temperature in March ranges from 28 degree
Celsius to 32 degree Celsius.
- Monsoon: June-September
- Rainfall: 175 Cms (yearly average)
- The fourth largest growing state in India with the
second largest recipient of investments in the country.
- West Bengal being an agrarian state offers tremendous
potential for agri-business, with fertile soil, five
agro-climatic zones and aggressive land reform programmes.
- Drastic progress with regard to infrastructure development
with reference to flyovers etc.
- Significant improvements in the urban infrastructure
scenario with reference to water supply, restructuring
- The state has been receiving a number of investments
in the iron and steel, chemicals, plastic, information
technology and the biotechnology sector.
- Landmark developments in real estate scenario.
- Provision of high quality power at competitive rates
and grid improvements.
- Tremendous potential for investment opportunities
in the information technology sector, with employment
opportunities of high-end jobs in the software industry.
The Thrust areas in information technology include
software development, niche hardware manufacture,
IT real estate, IT enabled services, IT-security etc.
- Talented pool of human resources, with forward-looking
academic and technology learning centres.
- The dairy sector portrays a promising sector with
various innovation strategies undertaken currently
by the state cooperative sector.
- Immense potential for the development of Tourism
and related activities.