Decks cleared for IT park at Nonadanga
Kolkata: In a significant boost to the state's IT sector, the state government has cleared the logjam associated with the proposed IT park at Nonadanga adjacent to Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The IT park will come up on a 10- acre plot and three big players Rolta India, HSBC Electronics Data Processing and HCL Infosystems are expected to invest in the IT park that will create direct job opportunity for 12,000 aspirants.
"The decks regarding Nonadanga have been completely cleared. We will be providing all infrastructure and spending Rs 12 crore to develop it," state IT minister Bratya Basu said on the sidelines of a seminar on cybersecurity on Friday.
It was learnt that the state secretariat under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given the IT department the green signal to go ahead with the project.
According to a source in the IT department, the park will see investments from Rolta India, HSBC Electronics Data Processing and HCL Infosystems, each of whom would get 5, 3.5 and 1.5 acre respectively in the IT park. They had taken the land on lease and had announced an investment of Rs 500 crore.
"Geospatial and Geographic information system (GIS) technology major, Rolta India may set up a research and development (R&D) centre," the source added.
IT major HCL Infosystems, on the other hand may set up a capacity building skill development centre, software integration laboratory at its centre in Nonadanga.
The initiative for the IT park had started in the year 2010 during the previous Left Front regime and the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had laid the foundation stone to boost the IT sector in Bengal. However, the project was delayed over disputes related to infrastructure development. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority was not able to create infrastructure —water, electricity, road and drainage for the IT park.
"We will start the infrastructural work soon and try to complete it as early as possible," a senior IT official said.