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Gates plans infotech park near Pune

Bill Gates announces this at a dinner hosted by him for Maharashtra CM in Seattle, reports Dharmendra Jore.

business Updated: Jun 30, 2007 02:36 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Microsoft will set up an infotech park in Hinjewadi near Pune very soon.

Microsoft chief Bill Gates made this announcement at a dinner which he hosted for Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Seattle on Thursday, state government sources said here on Friday.

Gates also said he could help farmers by setting up a centre — most likely in Hinjewadi — which provided information about agricultural trends.

Gates showed Microsoft’s readiness to start a human resource project in Maharashtra.

Deshmukh is on a US tour to attract foreign direct investment. Gates had sent one of his vice presidents to extend invitation the CM to come to the US.

Microsoft already has a small project running at Hinjewadi. The new information technology park will be an extension of this facility. The company will come out with further details about the park very soon.

Deshmukh said: “I will remember the meeting forever.”