Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Infosys Chairman Narayan Murthy laid the foundation stone for the software giant’s unit in the SEZ of Multimodal Hub International Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) on Saturday.
The 142-acre campus will have in its first phase a 9 lakh-sq ft eco-friendly construction, which would be completed within two years and provide jobs for 5,000 youths, Murthy said while speaking on the occasion.
This will be Infosys’ second campus in the state, besides the one at Pune that employs 33,000 professionals.
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“…Today is the day to celebrate the extraordinary speed with which the Maharashtra government has facilitated the process of creation of the unit,” Murthy said. “The 5,000 jobs here will create about 11-15,000 secondary and tertiary jobs. We will start construction within six months but there are approvals to be had from state and Centre, so it may take approximately two years to complete the work.”
The CM, however, said, “We have cleared all the state approvals and will help secure the Central clearance too. Infosys has to just make the payments.”
Chavan expressed hope that with TCS and Mahindra Tech campuses already under construction and with Infosys following suit, MIHAN was set to take off. “The project conceived in 2002 was stuck up due to global recession. But with Infosys agreeing to come here, it’s like a vote of confidence in MIHAN.
The Boeing MRO is soon to start its operation. It will bring in airlines ancillaries to MIHAN. Industries are now looking to tier-II cities for low cost of operations. And Nagpur being in the heart of India with great infrastructure could be the ideal choice.”
The CM later also laid foundation for the rail terminus to be constructed by Container Corporation of India for MIHAN.