WB to give more land to Wipro, Infosys for expansion

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Kolkata, Dec 14: The West Bengal government will soon provide additional land to software firms Infosys and Wipro for expanding their facilities, the state's minister for information technology Debesh Das said on Thursday.

Replying to questions in the assembly, he said that land required by Wipro and Infosys could not be given at Rajarhat as demanded, since no land was available there.Wipro was also not willing to pay the land price as demanded by the government, he said, adding problems of both Infosys and Wipro would be resolved soon through talks with these two companies. Besides Wipro and Infosys, many companies have also approached the government for land, he said.

Stating that 54 IT companies had been given land during 2006-07, he said that as per an agreement with the government, Rolta, HSBC and HCL would set up units on five acre, 3.5 acre and 1.5 acre respectively.

While Rolta would invest Rs 150 crore, HSBC would put in Rs 50 crore and HCL Rs 30 crore in setting up the facilities, he said.

Pointing out that a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers had identified Durgapur, Siliguri, Kharagpur, Haldia and Kharagpur as potential IT hubs, Das said a 150-acre Advanced IT Park was being set up near IIT-Kharagpur so that technological advice could be taken from the institute when necessary.

While Shapoorji Pallonji group was developing an 25-acre IT SEZ at Durgapur, another 25-acre SEZ was coming up in Siliguri, he said, adding a 200-acre IT hub would be set up at Kalyani.

Das also said 55,000 new jobs were generated in the IT sector during 2006-07. At the same rate, 1.50 lakh jobs were expected to be generated by 2010.>

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