TMC MP Mahua Moitra is embroiled in cash-for-query controversy. He is accused of taking money and asking questions about Adani Group in Parliament. Politics is heating up in this matter. Amidst all this, the West Bengal government has taken a big decision and separated itself from the Adani Group. The state government has snatched the Tajpur port development project worth Rs 25 thousand crore from Adani Group. CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday clarified that a tender will be issued soon to develop the Tajpur sea port project. Earlier the work of this project was given to Adani Group.
Let us tell you here that when the responsibility of developing Tajpur Port was given to Adani Group, the political debate also became heated. It was being said that on one hand the opposition is attacking the Adani Group and on the other hand the Mamata government in West Bengal is handing over the work of big projects to the same group. In fact, a few months ago the Mamata government had approved the proposal to issue a letter of intent to Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited to develop Tajpur Port. This cleared the way for Adani Group to invest Rs 25 thousand crore in Bengal.
However, now the government has decided to cancel the Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted to Adani Port. This is why on Tuesday CM Mamata Banerjee herself clarified that tenders will be issued for the project. That means any company can participate in the auction and bid. CM Mamata Banerjee made this announcement in the inaugural program of Bengal Global Business Summit.
The Chief Minister said his government would soon open the tender process to invite fresh bids for the project, a year after submitting the letter of intent to Adani Ports. Mamata Banerjee said that the proposed deep sea port in Tajpur is ready. All of you can also participate in the tender process. There will be an investment of about Rs 25000 crore in this. After Mamata’s announcement, speculations regarding the future of this project have intensified.
Let us tell you here that industrialist Gautam Adani participated in the Bengal Global Business Summit 2022 and announced an investment of Rs 10,000 crore. Then West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee herself handed over the LOI to Karan Adani, CEO of Adani Ports in Kolkata, to develop this project. Interestingly, this year no member of the Adani Group participated in the business event of the Bengal government.
According to the news agency, Tuesday was the first day of the annual two-day business summit, which was attended by hundreds of companies from 17 countries including the UK, US, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany and France. CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the summit and announced several new policies, including a plan to double the state’s exports, modernize its logistics and boost generation of renewable energy.