Bengal set to become IT hub

The government is set to make the state a hub of informational technology in the new year by finalising the processing work on nine IT parks in the next two months.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 4, 2012 5:46 am

The government is set to make the state a hub of informational technology in the new year by finalising the processing work on nine IT parks in the next two months.

This was announced on Tuesday by minister for Commerce and Industry Partha Chatterjee at Milan Mela premises on Eastern Bypass where the state government is set to organise a large business summit called Bengal Leads between January 9 and January 14.

Eminent economist Joseph Sticklitz and industrialists like Rajiv Singh,S K Birla,Atul Punj will be some of the industrialists who will be attending the summit.

“We are working on a resurgent Bengal. At present we are working on 17 industrial hubs,out of which nine will be IT parks. Work on them will start in the first two months of next year,” Chatterjee said.

While bhumipuja for Cognizant’s second campus at Rajarhat will be done on January 16,the foundation stone for the IT hub at Siliguri will be laid in third week of January. At Durgapur,it will be on January 15 or 16 and at Kharagpur it will in last week of January. At Bantala in South 24 Parganas district,the work on the project will begin in the first week of February,at Rajarhat and at Barjora in Bankura district it will be in the second week of February. Besides,the work on the project in Bishnupur will be done in the last week of February.

The minister also said that head of TCS group is coming to Writers’ Building on Wednesday to meet the Chief Minister.

Chatterjee also said that the state’s first on-line caste certificate distribution will be started in Bankura in the third or fourth week of January.

He said on January 7,HIDCO will hand over the remaining portion of the land to Wipro and work there will start soon.

“In the last six months,we have received 84 new proposals worth Rs 65,419 crore. They will generate 1.25 lakh direct jobs and 1.20 lakh indirect jobs,’’ Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee used this opportunity to clarify the government stand on land allotment. “The WBIDC has got some land and in fact every department has got land. We are working on creating an integrated land bank. If an industrialist comes we will first show land from the land bank and if he is not satisfied we will tell him to buy land. We can assure them that land will not be a problem at all,” Chatterjee said.

He said clearances have already been given to the projects of Jindals and Patton.

Reacting to former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s allegation on Tuesday that the TMC government was destroying everything that the Left built,Chatterjee said why the former government could not do lease agreement with Jindals and Matrix.

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