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Infosys to expand SEZ in Dakshina Kannada district

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Infosys Technologies, India’s second largest IT services company, has secured an additional 42 acres of land for its proposed facility at the ITôITeS Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada. The State High Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC), headed by the chief minister of Karnataka has recently approved the request of the company for allotment of additional land.

The company is already in possession of 311.86 acres in the SEZ, which was allotted to it by the state government in 2004.

According to highly-placed sources in the state government, Infosys had informed the state government that out of 311.86 acres only 100 acres was usable. The remaining 211.86 acres land forms valleys, hillocks, undiluted and steep slopes and cannot be used. Further, the official said, to make the boundary of ITTES SEZ complete and contiguous, the company has requested for allotment of additional 42.74 acres of land at Pajeeru, Kairangala and Kurunadu villages of Bantwal taluk in District.

The government said out of the 42.74 acres about 35.51 acres were notified for acquisition by Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) in various survey numbers of Kairangala, Kurunadu & Pajeeru villages of Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada district and remaining 7.23 acres of government land is being handed over by the Dakshina Kannada district authorities, for the project. Confirming the development, Infosys spokesperson said the new piece of land is on the southern side of the existing IT SEZ campus and is part of the existing SEZ. This was taken up to complete the campus which was a part of earlier master plan to make the campus a contiguous piece.

The company in the first phase of the software development centre plans to create a built up area of 2 million square feet with an investment of around Rs 700 crore.

“We started operations in this park in 2007. The total built up area is 1.13 million square feet (including 0.4 million under construction) and have already invested Rs 380 crore in this project”, Infosys spokesperson added.

As of March 2012, in Mangalore the company has a built up area of 9,50,072 square feet with a seating capacity of 4,682 and another 3,83, 897 sq.ft is under construction which will have a seating capacity of 2,500 people. Presently, the company has one more software development centre in Mangalore with 1,200 engineers, which was set up in the year 1996.

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