The West Bengal government has undertaken a Rs 500-crore programme to convert 50,000 hectares of non–arable land into cultivable area in the State’s four drought-prone districts — Bankura, Birbhum,

The state government has submitted a proposal to the Centre for setting up the biggest solar power project with a capacity for 250MW near the Purulia Pumping Storage Project (PPSP) at Baghmundi for

Man-elephant conflict in seven forest divisions in three districts of south Bengal resulting in the loss of human lives and pachyderms is emerging as a major challenge for foresters and the distric

At a time when land has become one of the most critical inputs for economic development, the West Bengal government has embarked on a programme to reclaim wastelands in order to make them arable.

The United Progressive Alliance government has cleared .

Indian Railways is planning to enter nuclear power generation to reduce its depenadence on state-owned power distribution companies for its energy requirements.

The first of the (2x600-MW) thermal power plants of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) at Raghunathpur in the State’s Purulia district, which was delayed by over 18 months due to land acquisition problems, will be commissioned by March 2013, senior officials of the company said here on Sunday. The second unit will be commissioned six months later.

The project has been delayed mainly because of the non-availability of land for the construction of water pipeline for the project from Panchet Dam about 10-km from the project site.

The National Bear Action Plan, released by the Centre in New Delhi on Tuesday, has sounded an alarm on shrinking bear habitat in Bengal.

Thrust on improving connectivity in Maoist-affected districts

With a thrust on improving connectivity in the three Maoist activity-affected districts of West Bengal, the Centre on Friday cleared road projects worth Rs.3,432 crore. The clearance was given by the Empowered Committee of the Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which met on Friday morning to consider proposals for new connectivity and upgrades from West Bengal.

Calcutta, Sept. 25: At least 53 lakh families in Bengal have to walk half a kilometre or more for drinking water, according to provisional census data.