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Reliance plans communications unit in West Bengal
M Chhaya in Kolkata |
March 13, 2003 14:40 IST
Reliance Infocomm is set to unveil plans for a state-of-the-art communications center in West Bengal that will specialise in global positioning system tracking systems.
The unit is to come up at the port town of Haldia and land for the project has already been sanctioned by the state government.
"Reliance has been allotted 4.5 acres of land inside the Haldia Software Park," chief executive officer of the Haldia Development Authority A Subbiah told reporters.
The center, Reliance's second information technology venture in the state, will have broadband, high-speed communications systems to track vehicles for shippers, transporters and consignees with the GPS technology.
The cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 120 million.
Besides the project at Haldia, Reliance is building an IT campus on a 100-acre plot to be called the 'Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City.'
The project, which envisages bringing of different telecom, IT and information technology enabled services companies within one hi-tech campus, could generate jobs for 20,000 technology professionals, official sources said.
Ambani has assured state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya of setting up a 500-seat call centre, a software development centre and a telecom engineering unit within the 'knowledge city' that will also invite long distance telephony firms, internet service providers, fixed line telephone and wireless-in-local-loop service providers.
India's largest private sector company is also building a branch of its 'Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communications Technology' here. The main institute has opened in Ahmedabad.
The state government has also earmarked land for the institute on the city's eastern fringe near the airport. It is contemplating asking the Reliance group to run the state-owned Indian Institute of Information Technology in conjunction with the proposed Dhirubhai Ambani communications institute.