2 more IT parks to dot W Bengal

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 September 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: Two more locations in West Bengal have been identified by Software Technology Park of India (STPI) to set up IT parks. Disclosing this, the Government of West Bengal Department of IT principal secretary GD Gautama added that recently the government had received sanction from Department of Telecommunication and IT to set up two more STPs in Haldi and Siliguri. Preliminary work has already started for setting up of these two STPs.

"Presently STPI requirement is three acres of land with 10,000 sq ft built up space. The built up space is earmarked for the equipment room and administrative space of 1,000 sq ft. The balance space is utilized for incubation center. In the earmarked land of STPI, each STPI can build a minimum of 3,00,000 sq ft built up space as IT facility," said Gautama.

It may be recalled that three months ago two STP parks had become operational in Durgapur and Kharagpur. Besides the four STP parks, Bengal has two more IT parks promoted by STP in Salt Lake and Rajarhat in Kolkata. Additionally, the DLF Group is setting up an IT Park (1.3 million sq ft) with an investment of Rs 280 crore. The first phase of this park is expected to be operational by March 2005.

"Big companies like IBM, TCS, PWC and Cognizant are among many others who have found the city as an ideal destination and are multiplying their capacity many fold. Wipro, in addition to the present 12-acre facility, has been allotted an additional 4.3-acre of land in Salt Lake. Wipro has requested for additional 50 acres of land at new township coming up at Rajarhat," informed Gautama.

He also informed that GE Capital started its operation in West Bengal recently. Satyam has also announced its next development center to be located in Kolkata. HSBC Electronics Data Processing Pvt Ltd has been allotted 3.5 acre land for its 1,80,000 sq ft facility and TCS has asked for another 50 acre of land for further multiplying its capacity.

"Besides there are many other companies namely ITC Infotech, Reliance and LSI Logic who are going to set up their facilities in Kolkata soon. Some more companies are also in the pipeline," he added.

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