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Featured Image: Mamata Banerjee speaking at the inauguration of a battery plant of Exide at Haldia on Monday. Photo courtesy: AITC

By A Newsman

Midnapore, 02 January: STATE government would set up an international convention centre at the popular sea side destination Digha, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced today.

“Such a convention centre would enable private companies and others to hold their conferences at Digha and at the same time offer some moment of leisure to their employees,” she said while inaugurating a Rs 700-crore punched grid battery manufacturing unit of Exide at Haldia today afternoon.

Banerjee said that the facility at Digha would be set up on the lines of the international convention centre at Rajarhat New Town near Kolkata which was at the final stage of completion.

“The New Town convention centre is being equipped with 100 hotel rooms and several conference halls and other related facilities. It would be ready by April,” she said.

The Chief Minister today also inaugurated a plug and play information technology centre at Haldia christened as the Bengal Information Technology Park.

Underscoring that the Exide factory and the IT Park would boost the investment scenario in Bengal, she asked everyone to cooperate with industries.

“We must cooperate with industry. It is important to protect industry. Good relation between employees and management is a must. Do not indulge in cheap politics that hinder industry,” she said.

Banerjee also announced that the state government would allocate 25 acres of land to Exide for a smelting plant at Haldia.