West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday revived his IT dreams by offering 45 acres of land each to Infosys and Wipro at a “mutually acceptable price”.
At a press conference in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) state headquarters here, his first after the Lok Sabha elections, Bhattacharjee told the media: “Today, we are making the offer through you.”
He said, “Infosys and Wipro will be contacted by various government departments tomorrow.”
On September 7, the West Bengal government scrapped the plan to set up an IT hub at Rajarhat, a new urban centre being developed in the northeastern suburbs of Kolkata.
On August 24, a mob attacked Vedic Village, a five-star spa at Rajarhat, to protest against forcible land acquisition by land sharks, including the spa management, for the 200-acre proposed IT park.
The incident led to the death of one person and left several government functionaries singed badly.
Last week, however, urban development minister Gautam Deb revived the project, offering a 90-acres piece of land in Rajarhat, which was originally earmarked for private housing projects.
“We look forward to hearing from them officially on this matter,” said Laxman Badiga, chief information officer, Wipro Technologies.
An Infosys spokesman, however, said, “When the business environment looks up and if we receive an offer from the state government, we will re-look our decision.”
“Discussions started when market conditions were bad. The entry of Infosys and Wipro will help the downstream industries to grow fast,” Nasscom president Som Mittal said.