Bangalore out finally, Wipro explores Madhya Pradesh

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Tuesday, 17 August 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Wipro will send a team to Madhya Pradesh for assessing the infrastructure facilities in the state before taking any decision to expand company's operations there, Chief Minister Uma Bharti said.

"Azim Premji assured us of sending a team, which would assess the situation there before taking a decision," Bharti said after an hour-long meeting with the IT Czar at Wipro's headquarters on the outskirts of the city.

"As soon as I heard that Wipro plans to expand beyond Bangalore, we thought why not showcase Bhopal and Indore and invite them to set up operations there," she said.

Premji last month cited infrastructure problem as one of the reasons to put a halt for expansion in Bangalore, its home base, and to look for other regions for growth.

The Wipro chief's remarks followed similar statements from other IT firms which forced Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh to meet IT industry leaders including Premji to assure that the infrastructure issues would be redressed.

Bharti, besides offering "unlimited" land and good infrastructure for IT firms, said, Indore and Bhopal had IT parks with state-of-the-art facilities.

The Chief Minister, on a mission to project the "investor friendly" image of the state, also discussed with Premji, how to expand access to education in every district of the state.

"He enquired about access to education for children in the state," she said.

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