Cong Bats for Infosys, Wipro in West Bengal

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 10, 2009

The recent scrapping of the $1.5 billion IT project, and the West Bengal government s refusal to allot alternative land elsewhere to Infosys and Wipro, has ended the state IT department s hope of generating 15-20% of India s total IT revenues.

The government’s IT vision plans were based on export revenues which Infosys and an expanded Wipro operation could have generated in West Bengal.

The state Congress has now asked the WB government to provide IT majors like Wipro and Infosys alternate land to boost the IT industry here. "We want companies like Wipro and Infosys to stay back and set their shops in the state," Pradip Bhattacharje, WBPCC working president said.

The government had assured 90 acres each to Infosys and Wipro in the project and signed MoUs with the two companies last year.

"West Bengal was very close to achieving its stated goal of emerging as a frontline IT destination, despite the global slowdown. But now there are absolutely no hope for the state IT department to achieve its goal by 2010," a source in the IT department said.

The IT township was expected to attract about Rs 15,000 crore in investment and create direct employment for 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh people.