The state policy on industrial promotion and economic development welcomes foreign
      technology and investment, private sector investment in power generation, improvement and
      upgradation of industrial infrastructure. The thrust areas are petrochemicals and downstream
      industries, electronics and information technology, iron and steel, metallurgical and engineering,
      textile, leather and leather products, food processing, medicinal plants, edible oil, vegetable
      processing and aquaculture.
      Power and Irrigation
            Provision of electricity is vital for the socio-economic development as it accelerates
      economic growth, generates employment, eliminates poverty and is an essential input for human
      development. The power sector in West Bengal is predominantly thermal in view of the easy and
      cheaper availability of cost; the state has an adverse hydel-thermal power mix of 3:97.
      Significant ground has been broken in the renewable energy sector. WBREDA, the nodal agency
      for implementation of technology demonstration projects in the state, have benefited a large
      number of remote villages in the Sundarbans, parts of West Midnapur and Bankura and areas of
      Malda, Murshidabad.
            Transport Department is primarily responsible for providing better transportation facilities
      both for passengers and goods by way of formulation and implementation of policies and
      creation of transport oriented infrastructures. The state transport undertakings are playing a
      pivotal role in social commitment. The Department has taken some initiatives to improve the
      scenario like, computerization of motor vehicles department, road safety schemes, bus stand
      schemes, TOIP schemes, pollution control, replacement of existing 2-stroke auto rickshaws by 4-
      stroke auto rickshaws to reduce automobile pollution, replacement of buses of more than 15
      years old, etc.
            The state celebrates myriad festivals like the Durga Puja, Poila Baishakh (the Bengali New
      Year), Rathayatra, Dolyatra or Basanta-Ursab. From christmas Carnivals to Eid ul-Fitr and
      Muharram; from Buddha Purnima to the legendary Ganga Sagar Yatra, all celebtrated with great
            West Bangal boasts of artisanal excellence with its extraordinary terracotta work, handloom
      weaves, heritage sarees and various other unique handicrafts. The state offers an astounding
      variety of religious places such as the most number of Shaktipeeths in the likes of Kalighat
      Temple and Tarapith; magnificent temples like Belur Math, Mayapur ISKCON Temple,
      Hangseshwari Temple and Tarakeshwar Temple; opulent mosques like the Nizamat Imambara
      and Katra Mosque in Murshidabad, Furfura Sharif and Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque in Kolkata;
      Gurdwaras and majestic churches like the Basilica of the Holy Rosary in Bandel, St. John’s
      Church, Lt. Jame’s Church (Jora Girja), St. Paul’s Cathedral and Church of the Lord Jesus and
      spectacular Buddhist monasteries of Ghoom, Bhutia Busty, Mag-Dhog Yolmowa, Tharpa
      Choling, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang among others.