The state has a vast network of railways and roadways, running over 4,100 km and 315,404 km respectively, and natural maritime advantages with potential navigable waterways including NW-1, NW - 5 and waterfront of 950 km. The state is well connected globally with Haldia and Kolkata ports and international airports in Kolkata & Bagdogra. Kolkata port handled 63.8 million tonnes of traffic in 2018-19. KoPT registered a high growth of 10.14% over traffic handled in 2017-18, 2nd highest among major ports, higher than the average growth rate of 2.9% clocked by Indian Major Ports.Total number of Containers handled at KoPT during 2018-19 increased by 4.18% to 8,29,482 TEUs from 7,96,211 TEUs in 2017-18. Containerised cargo also increased at the Port to 1,30,74,461 tonnes in 2018-19 from 1,24,32,329 tonnes in 2017-18 (5.17% growth).Kolkata Port ranked First amongst all Indian Major Ports in terms of Coking Coal & Other Coal handling, Second in Other Liquids and Third in Container Traffic handling in 2018-2019. Kolkata is also the biggest tea handling port and tea auction market in India. The state is also home to India’s second-largest metro rail network.
The strategically important Siliguri Corridor is situated in West Bengal and connects eight North-Eastern states to the rest of India. The airport at Bagdogra links Siliguri to important destinations within the country, making it a vital trade and logistics hub for the entire region. The state also provides easy access to important international trade routes to countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. The state has an oil refinery at Haldia, operated by Indian Oil Corporation, with a capacity of 7.5 MMTPA.
Largest producer of vegetables in India
Largest inland waterways in India in terms of spread, density and reach
2nd largest producer of tea in India