Foundry industry in India, as we know it now, started around 1940 in Howrah and then later on spread to other states such as, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. At present around 500 units exist in West Bengal with an installed capacity of 1 Million tonnes. 95% of these units are concentrated in the district of Howrah forming an informal cluster.

Realizing the need for modernization, expansion and relocation of foundries at Howrah, the Government of West Bengal had suggested WBIDC to set up a Foundry Park near the vicinity of the existing Howrah foundry cluster. Once it was principally accepted by all concerned, GoWB formulated and forwarded the Project under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS), to the then Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GOI.


   Foundry Park at Howrah, West Bengal under IIUS





Foundry Park, Howrah, West Bengal

Project Photograph


Project Start Date

April 2009

Project Area

  • Proposed : 924 acres (2800 Bighas)

A total of 600 acres, as approved by the then DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GoI, as designated area for the Project.

  • Balance 324 acres, to be implemented from internal resources of FCDA
  • All the common facilities, namely ITI, Testing and environmental laboratory, Information, Marketing, HRD and Management upgradation centre has been implemented in full, in the first phase only.


5.15 kms off the NH-6 (From Ranihati Crossing) on Ranihati-Amta Road in Howrah, West Bengal


Foundry Cluster Development Association (FCDA) ‘ICC Tower’, 7th Floor, 4, India Exchange Place, Kolkata-700001

Nodal Agency

West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC)

Total Number of Units Planned

Foundry Units:

  • 150 nos total in 600 acres

Allied (Core making, pattern making, fettling, painting, fabrication and machining shops, raw material banks etc.): 40 nos.

Total Envisaged Castings Output

For 600 acres

  • 3 - 5 Lakh tonnes per annum.

Total Envisaged Investment by Foundry Units

Over 600 acres: Rs. 2500 crores

Employment Potential

In 600 acres
Direct Employment: 10,000 people (approx.)
Indirect Employment: 30,000 people
90% as Unskilled and semi-skilled labour

Common Infrastructure

Roads, water supply, drainage, sewerage, Power Supply, CETP, Waste management site.

Common Facilities

Tool-room, R&D Centre cum Testing Lab, Information, marketing cum Management Upgradation centre & ITI.

All the facilities complete and operational.

Environmental measures

Green Belt of approximately 100 acres (approximately 11% of total area)
Retention and strengthening of drainage channels
Environmental clearance accorded by GoI is in the process of being renewed
Environmental monitoring system installed by way of quarterly monitoring report

Government Support

Project being implemented with Grant of approximately Rs. 39 crores under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) of GoI.  Utilisation Certificate for entire amount received sent to DPIIT.

Project Benefits

  • Investments as well as creation of direct employment and indirect employment.
  • Boost to the Economy of West Bengal, especially in the metallurgical sector.
  • Socio-economic upliftment of the region.
  • Long pending modernization program of Howrah foundry cluster being realized.
  • Opportunity to set up foundries of international standards to attract foreign direct investment.
  • Attract User Industries like Automobiles, pumps, OEMs, Railway units, Electrical appliances etc.

Source of Power

220 KV sub-station has been set-up within the Park. FCDA has provided approximately 15 acres of Land to WBSETCL for setting up the sub-station. The sub-station will supply power to the local area apart from the requirements of the Foundry park, which will improve the power situation of the Local area. 2 other 33 KV sub-stations are operational.

Land Allotment

  • Land has already been allotted to 125 members, mostly from MSME Sector.
  • Plot sizes vary from 1 bigha (0.33 acres) to 30 bighas (10 acres).

Land Procurement Status

  • A total of 590 acres already procured and in possession. However, the land is not contiguous.
  • Hence project is planned in a phase-wise manner.



Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion,
Ministry Of Commerce, Government Of India

Project Cost: -


(Rs in Lakhs)


Amount Approved

IIUS Grant


State Govt. contribution 1700.00

Contribution by users and stakeholders (Industry)





Financed under:

Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation Scheme (IIUS) of Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India

Date of Commencement of Project:

February, 2009

Scheduled date of completion of Entire Project:

March, 2022

Implementing Agency:

Foundry Cluster Development Association (FCDA)


Foundry Cluster Development Association

Tapash Chatterjee

Foundry Cluster Development Association
4, India Exchange Place (7th Floor), Kolkata 700001


091-33-22306790 / 22104315 / 22318524








Background : Foundry Park at Howrah : DIPP : MoEF