E-applications have caused doubling of plot allocation for MSMEs in Bengal
The rate of allotting plots to set up individual units of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) at industrial parks has doubled with the introduction of the online platform to apply for plots.
In the past three months, the West Bengal Small Industries Development Corporation (WBSIDC) has allotted 30 plots at its industrial parks and estates to set up MSME units, and the number is expected to reach 120 in a year, which is exactly double that of the last year’s. The thirty plots which have been allotted are mostly in Bolpur, Ambari Falakata and Behrampore.
The state government made the process of allotting plots online from October 31, and since then entrepreneurs have not had to run to any government office to apply for the same. Instead they get a call within three weeks of applying with all valid documents from the corporation and the land gets allotted if the project is found to be viable after a discussion with the top brass of WBSIDC.
With the introduction of the online platform, the process of allotting is taking place in a timely and more transparent manner.
The major step of introducing the online platform under the State Government’s project of ‘ease of doing business’ was to show how entrepreneurs have started taking interest in choosing plots at industrial parks, even in those that are not situated close to the city. According to the official quoted above, the response is equally good in north Bengal.