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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 30, 2013
Infosys chairman Dr NR Narayana Murthy said in Bengaluru on Monday that the IT (information technology) major would send a top-level team to Punjab to assess the establishment of a campus at the Knowledge Park in Mohali following a proposal by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Murthy said the company could establish a 100-acre campus and asked company's senior vice-president and head of administration, facilities and infrastructure U Ramadas Kamath to visit Mohali later this month and take a decision on establishment of a campus.

The deputy CM, who is in Bengaluru to attract investment for Punjab, told the Infosys chief that the state government had land available in the Knowledge Park and that it would give all necessary clearances required by the company within 15 days.

Briefing Murthy, chief secretary Rakesh Singh said in case Infosys agreed to set up its unit in Mohali, the government was ready to offer land at a special price.

Murthy said the company needed at least 2.5 million sq ft of built-up space, adding that around 70 acres were needed for this purpose and a 100-acre plot would be ideal as it would allow for expansion at a later stage. He assured Sukhbir that once the company established a new facility, it would start with 5,000 employees immediately and increase the capacity in stages, with full capacity being reached between five and eight years.

Sukhbir also held talks with Infosys executive vice-chairman S Gopalakrishnan and board member V Balakrishnan, besides head, India business, CN Raghupati.

During these discussions, Sukhbir asked Infosys to take up Ludhiana and Amritsar cities for complete transformation by integrating all utilities and services. He told the company that the government was ready to offer them this proposal on the Swiss Challenge pattern, whereby the project could be bid for and they would have to match the lowest bid.

The deputy CM also proposed that Infosys could help in modernising the functioning of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). "Please give us a proposal as to how you can make our power utility more efficient," he said.

Sukhbir was also accompanied by principal secretary, industries, Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary to deputy CM PS Aujla and chief parliamentary secretary (industries) NK Sharma.