West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday (December 1) that IT company Infosys will start construction of a proposed software development centre in Kolkata by July 2021.

Mamata Banerjee said, “We had written to Infosys to set up a software development centre here for which we will be giving them land. The company has agreed to our proposal. Infosys will be submitting the final approved sanctioned plan by December 20.”

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Infosys had earlier proposed to set up an IT/ITeS special economic zone (SEZ) in Kolkata over an area of 20.14 hectares in South 24 Parganas. 

In 2010, the West Bengal government had allotted 50 acres of land in the city's neighbouring Rajarhat area to the company, but refused the proposal for SEZ. According to a top state bureaucrat, Infosys, after being assured of compensation, has agreed to start construction of its development centre.

The Chief Minister said, “The state cabinet on Tuesday also sanctioned 100-acre land to 20 new IT companies at the Newtown Silicon Valley. The cabinet gave its permission to Wipro to set up another IT sector at the Silicon Valley.”

The cabinet has also approved extension of the deadline of land taxes payment for the last financial year till next June. Further, the state cabinet sanctioned land in Jaipaiguri for Star Cement to set up one of its units. 

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Mamata Banerjee said that her government also decided to organise fairs and exhibitions involving different departments. 

The chief minister said India's second largest IT services company will start construction of the development centre by July next year, and aim to complete it within 24 months.