May 5, 2012
Four hardware hubs with 60 units each will be set up in West Bengal
Kolkata, May 4: The West Bengal government is keen to set up IT hardware parks in Kalyani, Bolpur and West Midnapore on a public-private-partnership basis. The state may provide up to 20 acres in each of these places and has sought proposals from interested parties.
Speaking at an IT event and fair, state IT Minister Mr. Partha Chatterjee said, We will make efforts to create an integrated ecosystem for hardware. We want to set up hardware parks in Kalyani, Bolpur and West Midnapore. We have land. The government can provide up to 20 acres. Each park can accommodate 50 to 60 units.
Logistics will include automobile warehouses and packaging units, while hardware manufacturing relates to items such as electronics, personal computers and laptops. The government`s thrust on hardware will be evident in the new IT policy of the state.
According to data compiled by research agencies, the overall Indian IT spend for 2012 is expected to reach about Rs 100,000 crore.
The share of the eastern region is likely to be around 9 per cent.
Four hardware hubs with 60 units each will be set up in West Bengal, the government said on Friday. “The state already has the land for these hubs,” Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee told. The government's much-awaited IT policy was in its final stages of drafting, he said.
An expert committee drawing up the policy includes N.R. Narayana Murthy, the Infosys co-founder, and Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on public information, infrastructure and innovations.