Bengal woos industry amid mismanagement taint
The 'mismanagement', as described by a section of the local media and industry lobbyists, came to the fore when automobile giant General Motors director Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, who was a guest lecturer, had to wait for hours on the empty dais in the near-empty pavilion to deliver his speech as officials of the state government arrived late.
Borroni-Bird was invited for a presentation on a proposed automated vehicle. The visit of the senior executive of the US carmaker, which is looking for a partner city to explore opportunities in technologically advanced and energy efficient concept car Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V), was significant as it raised hopes about the eventual setting up of a manufacturing plant over three years after the Tatas moved the Nano factory out of Singur.
So the initial reception meted out to him was a game spoiler. But Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, who had camped at the venue to interact with the businessmen, saved the day as he rushed to the auditorium and took a front seat till the end of Borroni-Bird's presentation.
Later the minister urged him to consider Bengal for the EN-V pilot car project.