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Denied SEZ status, Wipro working alternative plan for 2nd campus in Bengal

Firm had withheld investments in the state over the issue

Avishek Rakshit 


With hope of getting a (SEZ) in fading away, (IT) major on Thursday said it was working on an alternative plan to set up a second campus in the state.

“We are exploring newer opportunities. That chapter (SEZ) is closed,” said Rishad Premji, chief strategy officer at Wipro, on the sidelines of the East IT Awards.

was one of the first IT to set up operations in It had been demanding an status and had withheld further investment in the state, though it had 50 acres of land. Infosys’ entry in the state has also been delayed because of the Trinamool Congress government’s reluctant policy. Wipro’s first campus was set up with an status during the Left regime.

President R Chandrashekhar said as per law no new licences could be granted after April 1 this year. “However, SEZs set up before will continue to enjoy benefits.”

At the event, Chief Minister said, “Forget SEZ, it is sunset now (for it).”

She added while and would not get licences, the state would assist them. “Let me know what you want and we will help you. Our land bank is ready. If you set up IT units here, your cost will be lowest in the country.”

Comparing Bengaluru, the IT capital of the country, with she said her state was the ideal destination for firms in the sector. “Attrition in Bengaluru is 35 per cent; in it is three per cent,” Banerjee said.

First Published: Fri, July 07 2017. 17:49 IST