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Wipro wants more space

Calcutta, Aug. 1: Wipro has asked for more land. A team of senior officials from the company’s Bangalore office called on infotech minister Manab Mukherjee at Writers’ Buildings today to voice the demand and discuss future plans in the state.

“Work for their development centre in Salt Lake is in full swing and it seems they are keen on expanding. They have asked for more land in Sector V and we are very happy with Wipro’s increasing interest in the state,” said Mukherjee.

The representatives of the IT leader, who also met infotech secretary G.D. Gautama, pleaded for a four-lane road in front of its complex at Saltlec (Salt Lake Electronics Complex), the state’s information technology hub.

Wipro is setting up a software development centre with an investment of Rs 50 crore and the company has plans to complete the first phase of the project by next year. To begin with, it will employ around 1,000 IT professionals at its 80,000 sq ft complex at Saltlec.

“We discussed a number of issues during the meeting, from involving the company in our e-governance initiatives to increasing their scope of participation in the government’s computer literacy programme in schools,” said Mukherjee. Both e-governance and the computer literacy programme in over 10,000 schools, are chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s pet projects.

It was agreed at the meeting that the government and Wipro would draw up a detailed plan on the areas of association in the next 15 days. Officials from the company are expected to fly down to seal the deal.

“We are always on the look out for opportunities to expand. We have been working closely with the Bengal government for some time and we shall be happy to take the relationship further,” a Wipro spokesperson said from the company headquarters in Bangalore.

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