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Cameron gives thumbs up to changes in Kolkata infra

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On his second visit to Kolkata, former British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday gave a thumbs up to the development that had taken place in the city since his first visit five years ago.

“Since I came to Kolkata last, there has been a big improvement in the city’s infrastructure. I hope there will be more infrastructure development,” Cameron remarked while addressing members of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Thursday morning.

Cameron had in November 2013 spent three days in Kolkata. Then a PM, he had visited Dalhousie Square, Victoria Memorial Hall and Howrah station, and had also been to All India Radio for a couple of interviews. He had also tasted street food from a vendor who sold pakodas in front of Vardaan Market.

Cameron, who arrived in the city on Wednesday evening to attend the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) annual general meeting and travelled through New Town, said he was impressed with the infrastructure development since the previous visit.

Indeed, there has been a sea change in the satellite township with accelerated development that has seen the construction and commissioning of the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Mother’s Wax Museum, Biswa Bangla Gate, Nazrul Tirtha and the sprawling Eco Park. Also, viaducts for the Garia station-Airport Metro alignment has also come up along the entire stretch. Then there is Maa flyover lit up by fairy lights that never fails to impress visitors. It looks to have definitely impressed Cameron. There has been two new five star hotels as well — JW Marriott and West Inn. On his arrival, Cameron had proceeded to a hotel and then met state finance minister Amit Mitra and 20 industrialists over dinner on Wednesday night. Sources said he was all praise for the improvement in the city’s infrastructure at the sit-down dinner. Cameron also asked about scenario in food processing, infrastructure, steel and other industries here during the dinner hosted by ICC president Shashwat Goenka. The dinner was attended by Sanjiv Goenka, Harsh Neotia, Rudra Chatterjee, C S Nopany, Sumit Mazumdar, Mayank Jalan, C S Ghosh, Amritansu Khaitan, Rajiv Kaul and Gourav Swarup among others. Earlier, commenting on the potential of India, Cameron said there were challenges in the areas of infrastructure and skill development. “For sustainable growth, investment in infrastructure and skill development is a must,” he said. 

Source: Times of India

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