Mumbai, Maharashtra, July 2, 2011 — Anil Dhirubhai Group (ADAG) chairman Anil Ambani called on West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan on Sunday. While the meeting is being said to be a courtesy call, sources said Ambani expressed his keenness in investment projects in the state. Sources told TOI that during the meeting held at 5pm at Raj Bhavan, Ambani “expressed interest in power and other infrastructure”.
ADAG has interest in infrastructure, power, telecom, financial services and light railway transit. Ambani and wife Tina had arrived by a private flight from Mumbai late on Saturday night – to attend a personal party of GhanshyamSarda and Amitabh Jhunjhwala on Sunday at a city hotel. They left on Sunday night. When asked by TOI about his plans on investment in Bengal, Anil Ambani said: “I am here only on a personal visit.” But there are talks that Anil Ambani is likely to hold a meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee soon.
Top officers of ADAG are likely to attend an investors’ summit in Kolkata slated for June 18, that the state government is organizing. It is not yet known if Anil Ambani will himself be present for the summit. Five years ago, during the tenure of former BuddhadebBhattacharjee government, ADAG had expressed interest in several projects in Bengal. This includes the proposed light railway transit (LRT) system and the discussion had progressed considerably. The project would have solved a large part of Kolkata’s transportation problems. Another ADAG project on which discussions were also held was the DhirubhaiAmbani Institute of Information and Communication on a 60-acre plot near Haringhata. Modelled on DhirubhaiAmbani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, it would cost the firm Rs 150 cr.
The sources informed that MrAmbani had also sought an appoinment with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard.
The chief minister had agreed to the proposal and a meeting between MrAmbani and Ms Banerjee might materialise soon, the sources added.
Investment proposals in different fields were also pouring in from other industrialists from home and abroad who were willing to participate in the ‘rebuilding and reconstruction’ of the state under the new government, the sources maintained.
Incidentally, the Mamata Banerjee government was likely to organise an industrial conclave on June 18 in the city that would be attended by a number of industrialists from other states and also from different countries.
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