Wipro Second Time in WB

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After Tata chose to opt out of West Bengal, it's the turn for Wipro to reverse the trend and take another chance to re-enter West Bengal by accepting the land offered by the W.B. Government. Wipro has decided to return back to WB at the alternative site in Rajarhat offered by the government to set up their second campus in the state. The decision came as a great relief to the state government, especially when it had to scrap the much-hyped IT Park project comprising of IT giants like Infosys and Wipro.

The 50 acre land, owned by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corp (HIDCO) and located at the outskirt of the city – Rajarhat, will be handed over to the Wipro authority at a price of ` 75 crore. Azim Premji, the Chairman of Wipro already visited the plot with other officials. He also met the Chief Minister Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writer's Building – the state secretariat.

It can be recalled here that the state government signed two MoUs (one each with Wipro and Infosys) in April 2008 for setting up IT facilities. However, the state government couldn't materialize the project and the project had to be scraped. The ouster of Tata from Singur as well as non-execution of chemical hub project by the Salim Group put the state government in an awkward position. The new deal with Wipro has certainly come as fresh air of relief for the government.

The cheer reflected in the voice of state Information Technology Minister Debesh Das. “The decision of Wipro to go for its second campus in Kolkata even at this time of downturn proves the state's potential in IT industries” – opined Mr. Das.

The Wipro Chairman, Azim Premji announced that the work would start within 18 months. With Wipro in its list, the IT hub in Rajarhat has now an area of more than 300 acres. Now the big question is, will it be a new beginning for West Bengal?