Some basic information about Durgapur â€“ Ranigunj â€“ Asansol â€“ Chittaranjan â€“ Giridih - Purulia â€“ Raghunathpur area.
The Durgapur Steel Plant (SAIL) & the Burnpur steel plant (IISCO) are the key drivers of this highly industrialised zone and in the border area of Bengal & Jharkhand.
The area has a total catchment radius of approx 200 kms and the entire area is very rich in the availability of basic raw materials like coal, ironore and manganese ore etc which has prompted the setting up of many heavy industries in this entire belt and which includes big industries like ABB, L&T, Bhushan steel, Alloy steel plant, Philips Carbon Black, Graphite india, Ultratech cement, Jai Balaji, SPS group, Bhaskar Srachi, Sova power, Alsthom Projects, Mackeil Ispat and many others.
Durgapur industrial zone also has innumerable small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), mainly in steel, forging, ceramic, manganese ore, silico manganese, ferro chrome, mica and plastic industries.
Durgapur is also going to have a new airport in the near future which is being built by the changi airport authority, singapore. Target completion time 2013.
The model followed in the development of Durgapur is akin to the Mumbai and pune vemodel. Inspite of being close to a large metro city like Mumbai, Pune has developed on its own with its indigenous set of industries. It is expected that Durgapur will also deliver similar growth facility in this area too.
Similar to Mumbai-Pune, Durgapur is also well connected by a high quality highway (Durgapur Expressway), which is part of the golden quadrilateral network. Apart from this it is also having major rail link with Kolkata, Delhi and the rest of india.
In the near future, business and commerce is expected to boom in this area as not only more SMEs but also more heavy industries are being set up in this region.