Badal gives nod for acquisition of common land in six villages

Land to be acquired from Sehra, Pabra, Sehri, Takhtu Majra, Akri and Akar villages in one go

To be developed in phased manner with residential and social infrastructure facilities in place

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has decided to establish a self-contained Integrated Information Technology and Knowledge Industry Park spread over an area of 1276 acres at Rajpura.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Monday, an official release said.

Mr. Badal gave his approval in principle for acquisition of common land in contiguity of six villages in Sehra, Pabra, Sehri, Takhtu Majra, Akri and Akar in one go for the setting up of the prestigious industrial park for IT and IT-enabled services industry.

It was informed at the meeting that the upcoming industrial park would house the companies operating in business process outsourcing, knowledge process outsourcing, legal process outsourcing and engineering process outsourcing.

Besides software companies, hardware manufacturing companies, multimedia, graphic, animation and gaming industry, e-advertising, marketing and e-publishing houses, consultancy firms and education and training institutions would also come up in the IT park.

Mr. Badal has asked Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation Ltd., the nodal agency to implement the project, to engage the services of some renowned international consultant for designing and developing it. He also suggested that it should invite a global tender for seeking expression of interest from the interested consultants.

Briefing the Chief Minister about the prospects of the IT park, Industries and Commerce Principal Secretary S. S. Channy informed that the project would be developed in a phased manner with residential and social infrastructure facilities such as health care, recreation, health clubs and hotels.

He said efficient and reliable power, water, waste management and technology facilities would be provided to the prospective entrepreneurs. A comprehensive network of logistic system encompassing road, rail and air linkages would be ensured besides adequate focus on security and disaster management systems, he said.

It had also been proposed to install an internet tower with satellite connectivity for direct software export and communication and Wi-max technology for high speed wireless connectivity in the SEZ. Exhibition centres including IT-BPO and international trade facilitation centre would also be set up there.

The Chief Secretary, S.C Agrawal, informed the Chief Minister that this project would involve a huge investment and be developed through a special purpose vehicle to ensure its expeditious implementation as discussed in the IT infrastructure task force under his chairmanship. --PTI