Business in Jalpaiguri
Timber Industry in Jalpaiguri
The land is also famous for its huge tracts of forest land and has a flourishing timber industry. The timber produced in the Jalpaiguri region is very suitable for making all kinds of furniture. A rich forest reserve in Jalpaiguri has given an impetus to open new manufacturing units as in sericulture, with adequate modernization. As mentioned above, tourism is a major driving force of the region’s economy with its abundant natural beauty appealing to thousands of tourists everyday who journey to the region from all parts of the globe.
Economic History and Development of Jalpaiguri
Tea Growers in Jalpaiguri
The tea industry has formed the backbone to the district’s economy ever since the British colonizers found the north east part of Jalpaiguri town as fertile for tea cultivation. In a short space of time, the district became a commercial hub with multiple tea gardens coming up and gaining avenues for employment. The tea trade became a lucrative business making jalpaiguri town as a port-of-call for people from all over India. Gradually Jalpaiguri established itself as a prosperous cultural and commercial centre in north Bengal. Against the prosperous colonial background, it developed as a cosmopolitan centre with people from all over the country settling in the region. As it was well connected to Kolkata (or erstwhile Calcutta) with the major railway linking Darjeeling and Kolkata, the region quickly gained prosperity from easy accessibility.
Industrial Sector in Jalpaiguri
It has also created new growth areas and welcomes private participation.
An industrial park situated about 10 km from the Jalpaiguri town has been set up in Raninagar.
The industries in the outer development area of Jalpaiguri are mainly consumer oriented with a range of small scale and cottage industries spread over the town.
Most of these industries are concentrated in the Dinbazar area. 58 small industrial units are present in the municipal area of Jalpaiguri while 33 very small industrial units are in the Kharia mouza. There is also wool knitting unit within the Patkata Paharpur area.
A number of areas have been selected by the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) where there is scope for industrial development. One of them is the stretch between the arterial way which is south of Jalpaiguri Road station and its railway line. In addition, the Assam More industrial belt which has land of 250 acres with basic infrastructure is being set up for electronic based industries in Jalpaiguri. This zone will also have a “green belt” separating a residential area which will accommodate the population growth after the setting up of these industries. There is also said to be scope for industrial growth in the area between Maynaguri road and the state highway.
Tea Companies in Jalpaiguri
Jalpaiguri Tea Processing