Home - WEST BENGAL

Largest producer of rice and jute in India. 

WEST BENGAL

The cultural centre of India, West Bengal, is located on the east coast of India with the Bay of Bengal in the south. It is the largest exporter of finished leather goods. Kolkata is the commercial capital of the state, having the biggest tea handling port and tea auction market in India. The “city of joy” is becoming a major hub for the Information Technology (IT) industry.

West Bengal is an important destination for investment. It has been a recipient of high foreign direct investments which have led to the development of infrastructure in the state.

 

Key upcoming projects

- Six new theme-based townships, including Health and Education city (Dabgram), Geriatric and Wellness township (Baruipur), Sports city (Dumurjala), Cultural hub (Bolpur), Industrial township (Asansol) and Analytics city (Kalyani)

- Three multi-product industrial parks at Goaltore, Haldia and Haringhata and an integrated manufacturing park at Raghunathpur

- Major deep sea port called Bhor Sagar Port, expected to start by 2019, with other ports proposed at Tajpur and Kulpi

- Smart Cities Mission, for which New Town Kolkata is the city identified in West Bengal

Highlights

  • 1
    3rd largest in terms of road coverage in India
  • 2
    India's largest national inland waterways in terms of spread, density and reach
  • 3
    Second largest producer of tea in India

HIGHLIGHTS

Key Sectors

Information Technology

Information Technology

West Bengal is a major IT hub with over 500 IT companies employing more than 135,000 people directly or indirectly.

 

Textile

Textile

West Bengal is the seat of hosiery industry in India, with 17,900 hosiery units present in the state

 

Agriculture and Horticulture

Agriculture and Horticulture

West Bengal offers a diverse environment for agriculture and horticulture production with six agro-climatic zones.

 

Tea Production

Tea Production

The state is the second-largest tea-growing state in India and accounted for around 28% of India’s tea production during 2014-15. International tea

 

Fisheries

Fisheries

A coastline running over 150 km offers plenty of opportunity for inland fishing and fish cultivation.

 

Metals and minerals

Metals and minerals

The state accounts for about 10% of the country’s total steel capacity. Durgapur is popularly known as the ‘Steel City of Eastern India’ and has two major steel plants: Durgapur Steel Plant and Alloy Steel Plant. West Bengal is the third largest producer of minerals in India.

 

Tourism

Tourism

The state government has identified 11 potential tourist sites in the state where it will develop tourism infrastructure through PPP mode.

 

Leather

Leather

The state is the third largest producer of finished leather products in India with 26% of the tanneries in the country located in West Bengal. Kolkata is the second most important tanning centre of India, accounting for 22-25% of the country’s tanning activities.