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India Scraps Nayachar-Haldia PCPIR Project

3:44 AM MDT | August 21, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

The West Bengal government announced on Friday that it has scrapped a proposed Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) at Nayachar Island on environmental grounds. The government would not allow a chemical hub in the state because of threats to air and land pollution and to the livelihood of fishermen, Industry and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee told the state assembly. He said that the island would instead be developed as an eco-tourism region and the interests of fishermen would be protected. The scrapping of the PCPIR, covering...

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