Business and Industries of Kalyani
The economy of Kalyani is thus largely dependent on industries of varying capacities. Harbouring all the resources like land, labour (skilled and semi-skilled) as well as infrastructural facilities like power, water supply, drainage and nearness to Kolkata metropolis, Kalyani promises to be one of the best places for achieving industrial growth.
Besides Shilpanchal, the industrial belt in Kalyani with public sector and private sector enterprises, tourism is also promising to be a lucrative industry and efforts are being made by the Kalyani municipality to turn Kalyani into a major eco-friendly tourist destination. As far as its business is concerned, there are also commercial markets which are evenly distributed in the residential blocks. The Central Park area is the principal business area of the town where different financial, commercial and administrative offices have been built for easy access.
Business and Industries in Kalyani
Andrew Yule Engineering Division in Kalyani
When Nadia district was declared as an industrially backward region by the Indian government, the Kalyani industries got access to various incentives and subsidies from the State and Central governments. Agencies like the WBIDC (West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation), DIC (District Industries Centre) and WBIIDC (West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation) started operating in Kalyani to improve the industrial scenario. Planned industrial promotion began from the 1980s. The primary large scale enterprises today include Andrew Yule & Co. Ltd., Kalyani Breweries, Telelink Nicco, Pfizer and West Bengal Filaments and Lamps.
The District Industries Centre (DIC) is promoting various small scale industries within Kalyani. An industrial estate is also being run by the DCSSI (Directorate of Cottage and Small Scale Industries) within Block D area. Due to the rapid expansion of industries and maximum development potential, Kalyani was declared by the W.B.I.D.C. as an industrial growth centre in the state.
Ancilliary Industries in Kalyani
Industrial Training Institute in Kalyani
Business of Handicrafts in Kalyani
Pottery Making in Kalyani
Among existing micro and small scale enterprises clusters in Kalyani, mention must be made of brass and bell metal as well as gold and silver jewellery. Clusters of factories/units making brass and bell metal items are concentrated in Nabadwip, Matiani and Muragacha; one of them being in Kalyani Block. These are a wide source of employment to the local population with about 90 factories dedicated to the manufacturing. The handloom industry which is mainly concentrated in Shantipur and Nabadwip employ a number of weavers and local people from Kalyani.
Local Resource Based Industries in Kalyani
Another prominent local industry of prominence is the production of leather goods. In fact, West Bengal became the highest foreign exchange earner in 1997-98 from its export of designed leather products among other Indian states earning 70% of the total national export.
Other small and medium scale enterprises on local resources include jute stick products, vegetable processing, paper and paper boards. Manufactured straw boards in Kalyani also have a large export market. The availability of good quality soil in and around Kalyani has also given an impetus to manufacturing the finest bricks and tiles and promoting the local brick industry in a big way.
Thus the availability of raw materials, manufacturing units and government initiatives gives the township of Kalyani a great incentive towards becoming a self sufficient city with its individual financial units in the near future.