West Bengal government is working on a plan to set up an industrial township at Raghunathpur in Purulia with residential areas outside the industrial clusters.
Raghunathpur has around 2,000-acre of land both vested and private and the state government is said to be working to have a land use and development control planning (LUDCP) of the area.
The plan, which is in its preliminary stage, also involves extension of the jurisdiction area of Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) upto Raghunathpur for this purpose.
The proposed project is expected to boost socio economic development in the area as more job opportunities will be created and more people will be able to start living in what is presently lying idol as unused vested land.
The area will be connected to states like Jharkhand through a highway once the township comes up. A toll system may also be introduced for vehicles that make use of the highway. Besides, the township will help generate more jobs and improve the socio-economic condition of the area.
The state urban development department is already making plans to set up new residential areas. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) was earlier chalking out a masterplan to develop the peri-urban areas of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area.