From ET Realty
KOLKATA: While seven IT Parks in the state have already been rolled out, three more will be ready very soon. With these parks being operational, an additional 5.5 lakh square feet of IT workspace will be created.
According to sources in Webel, the IT Park in Rajarhat has already started operations. “Several companies have applied for starting operations in these parks. We are allocating space as and when they are applying,” said a Webel official.
While most of the companies operating in these IT Parks are from the small and medium scale segments, there is no scope of any anchor investment. Some of the startup companies have also shown interest in setting up their units in Rajarhat.
Sources said that each IT Park has the capacity to incorporate 12-25 companies depending on the demand. “Each unit is around 400 sq ft in size. In some cases companies which have large operation, are taking up three-four units,” said an official.
The state government has planned plug and play facility at these IT parks with an average investment of Rs 20 crore. “Work is complete in areas like Bolpur, Durgapur, Kharagpur and Barjora. We hope that all these parks will be operational by December,” an official said.
The state IT department had earlier stated that at least 20,000 jobs will be generated when all these IT parks will be operational. Work has started in areas like Krishnanagore and the phase III at Siliguri. While the work in two phases in Siliguri is complete, the third phase is likely to be completed within a year, all at a investment of Rs 320 crore.
The state government has already started looking for bidders for the proposed analytics hub at Kalyani. Apart from producing detailed project report it is also looking for agencies for branding the hub. “We are looking for the bidders. We are also in touch with multinationals in the IT space who can be anchor companies in the analytics hub,” said Ambarish Dasgupta, president of Bengal Chamber of Commerce.
The Bengal chambers is also partnering with the state in developing the analytics hub. “We will soon have a meeting with the chief secretary Basudev Banerjee to chalk out a plan,” Dasgupta added.