West Bengal

With the Himalayas to the north, and the Bay of Bengal to the south, West Bengal is the largest and most economically important state in eastern India. Although it was once one of the richest and most industrialized states in India, decades of left-wing government largely succeeded in driving out international investors. Under the stable government of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal is seeking to attract investment once again while hanging on to its leftist bona fides.

State Summary

  • Size
    34,267 sq. miles
  • Population
    91.3 million
  • State GDP
    $109.21 billion (USD)
  • Legislative Assembly Seats
    294
  • Rajya Sabha Seats
    16
  • Lok Sabha Seats
    42
  • Party Affiliation
    All India Trinamool Congress (Trinamool)
The Howrah Bridge straddles West Bengal's Hooghly River in Kolkata. (Christopher J. Fynn, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
A rice mill worker checks the final production quality from a specimen kept beside of rice filled sacks at a mill in Midnapore. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Left: The Howrah Bridge straddles West Bengal's Hooghly River in Kolkata. (Christopher J. Fynn, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
Right: A rice mill worker checks the final production quality from a specimen kept beside of rice filled sacks at a mill in Midnapore. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Energy

Energy

India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.

Subsectors

Coal  •  Energy Efficiency  •  Energy-related Transportation  •  Nuclear  •  Oil and Gas  •  Power  •  Renewables

Recent Articles

West Bengal's power department to strengthen its distribution network through SEEDN

The West Bengal Power Department has decided to implement SEEDN (strengthening and extension of electricity distribution network) to provide continuous and uninterrupted power to all parts of the state.


Source: United News India Go to

West Bengal seeks clearance to sell an additional 1000 MW of power to Bangladesh

The West Bengal government is seeking clearance from the central government to sell 1,000 MW of power to Bangladesh, in addition to the 250 MW already being sold to India’s neighbor.


Source: Millenium Post Go to

West Bengal blocks decision to sell majority stake of a 1,200 MW thermal plant to NLC India

A dispute between the center, West Bengal, and Jharkhand has caused power utility Damodar Valley Corp. (DVC) to abandon its plan to sell a 1,200 MW thermal power plant to a proposed joint venture with NLC India Ltd, putting at risk $3.2 billion of long-term loans that it is struggling to repay. DVC, which is jointly owned by the center, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, had reached a tentative agreement to transfer a 74 percent stake to NLC. The center and Jharkhand have agreed to the deal, but West Bengal did not.


Source: Livemint Go to

Related National Goals

Wind Performance Tracker — West Bengal achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)

Solar Performance Tracker — West Bengal reaches 33.61 MW (updated October 31, 2017)

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