SEZ status to upcoming software park in Coimbatore

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Chennai, Nov 12: The Government of India has accordedSpecial Economic Zone (SEZ) status for thesoftware park coming up in Coimbatore, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi. Construction work on the park, jointly developed by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and Tidel Park, Chennai, is expected to be completed by next month, he replied to a query byCongress member Kovai Thangam in the State Assembly.

Coming up on about 60 acres of land at Vilankurichi in Coimbatore, 10 acres have been allocated to IT major Wipro and five acres for TCS. The government was considering allocating land to more companies, he said."On the remaining space, it has been decided to set up an integrated IT complex including township and other facilities for the benefit of software engineers," he said.

On a supplementary question over whether the government would ensure reservation for OBCs in this IT park, Karunanidhi said, "we are committed to ensure social equality."

To another query from Vellore MLA Gnanasekaran, he said the government had asked for a report from the District Collector on setting up an IT park there.

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