The Railways have recently received a proposal for setting up the first automobile hub in West Bengal bordering Howrah and Hooghly districts, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said tonight.
"We have land. It will not be a problem for making room for an automobile hub which promises huge investment and enough job opportunities," Banerjee told a local news channel.
The proposal was under the active consideration of an expert committee, she said without elaborating.
Noting that there were many proposals with the Railway ministry for industrialisation of West Bengal, Banerjee said she had already suggested that the land at Singur in Hooghly district, where the Tatas had abandoned their small car project, be given back and the Railways could set up a coach factory on 400 acre.
"I have already made a suggestion to the Tatas to return the land and a railway coach can be set up there," she said.
Banerjee said the ministry also had proposals to utilise railway land at Dankuni, Kharagpur, Siliguri and Cooch Bihar and set up a railway museum in the state.
She said, "We are thinking of waiving postal order fees for minorities and women candidates for railway examinations provided their annual income is within Rs 50,000."