West Bengal gets ready for massive IT city
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West Bengal gets ready for massive IT city

Tuesday, 24 February 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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KOLKATA: Emerging as a favoured destination for IT companies, West Bengal will soon get its biggest IT infrastructure yet - a 2.5 billion massive commercial complex in this capital's suburban areas.

The massive IT and commercial complex called Infotech Habitat will be built by Delhi builder DLF, which has put together the swanky IT hubs of Gurgaon near New Delhi and Chandigarh, the twin capital of Punjab and Haryana.

The state government has already handed DLF 10 acres of land in Rajarhat on the city's eastern fringe.

"The project is worth 2.5 billion and we have allotted land in Rajarhat," according to IT Minister Manab Mukherjee.

Mukherjee claimed that DLF's interest in setting up such a massive IT infrastructure was a reflection of the state's ability to emerge as a favoured destination for IT firms.

"We promise IT investors the best infrastructure they would find anywhere in the world here in West Bengal. And this project is one more step in that direction," he said.

DLF, which would own the property, would be responsible for marketing it to IT companies.

"One would have the option of either buying off space in the Infotech Habitat or renting it," DLF adviser A.S. Manocha told reporters after getting possession of the land Monday.

Infotech Habitat would be a self-contained IT city instead of being just blocks of offices. It would have banks, restaurants, shopping malls and multiplexes so that an IT worker doesn't feel the need to leave the complex.

The complex would have one million sq. ft of space. "The first phase should be ready by March 2005 with 300,000 sq. ft of space," Manocha said.

Source: IANS
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