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Sunday , February 2 , 2014
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BT set for city debut

Chatterjee: Looking ahead

Calcutta, Feb. 1: British Telecom is likely to set up a technology centre at Rajarhat’s DLF- II infotech park.

“British Telecom has agreed to come to Calcutta. There is hope that all big infotech giants will start operations here,” Bengal IT minister Partha Chatterjee today said at the inauguration of the Microsec IT Tower at New Town.

The UK-based communications services company is expected to use about 60,000 square feet of leased space and can generate employment for 600-1,000 people.

Sources said BT in India was granted an approval to set up the technology centre in October last year by the unit approval committee of the SEZ division here.

British Telecom specialises in providing fixed-line, broadband and networked IT services.

Emphasising on the prospects of Bengal as an ideal IT destination, Chatterjee said the state was strengthening its infrastructure through 13 technology parks and two electronics manufacturing clusters at Naihati and Falta.

“In our new ICT policy there are various provisions — both fiscal and non-fiscal — that will benefit companies. These IT hubs and clusters will have a multiplier effect,” he said.

Referring to the stalled Infosys project, Chatterjee said he would travel to Bangalore soon to meet the top management and resolve the deadlock.

“I am planning to go to Bangalore shortly on a mutually agreed time. I have been in touch with Kris Gopalakrishnan. I will request them to come to Bengal,” he said. Infosys had put the project on hold after the state declined to recommend special economic zone status to it.

Meanwhile, the necessary procedures to set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology at Kalyani has been undertaken and work can commence soon.