TAMIL NADU

Karunanidhi woos IT majors

ATTRACTING INVESTMENT: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Union Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Dayanidhi Maran with WIPRO Chairman Azim Premji in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K  



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Says he will unveil a comprehensive policy in State

Bangalore: Tamil Nadu will shortly unveil a comprehensive information technology policy and promote tier 2 and tier 3 cities to strengthen its growing reputation as a favoured destination for technology companies, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here on Thursday.

Infosys Technologies has announced that it will invest Rs. 1,250 crore for setting up a campus in Chennai that will eventually employ 25,000 people.

The proposed policy would involve the setting up of a task force and address infrastructure issues. Besides, the Government would promote tier 2 and tier 3 cities such as Hosur, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli and Tirunelveli to attract more investment, especially from the IT sector. Mr. Karunanidhi was speaking to reporters after visiting the facilities of IT majors Infosys and Wipro here to find out what they required to invest in Tamil Nadu.

Bottlenecks to be removed

"The IT sector in Tamil Nadu will be developed on the lines of Karnataka, or even better. My government is only a few days old. We will make all efforts," he said.

The government would remove all bottlenecks and create infrastructure to attract investments and revolutionise the IT sector.

Union Minister for IT and Communications Dayanidhi Maran and a seven-member official delegation are accompanying Mr. Karunanidhi who is on a three-day private visit here. Mr. Maran, while on official visits to Bangalore, has never missed an opportunity to urge IT companies to invest in Tamil Nadu, given the infrastructure problems here.

Largest campus

T.V. Mohandas Pai, head, Human Resources Development and Education and Research, Infosys, said the firm was setting up its largest campus spread over 125 acres at Mahindra City near Chennai. The Rs. 1,250-crores facility, with a five million sq ft built-up area, would be ready within three to four years. About Rs. 350 crore would be spent on it by the year-end.

Stating that Chennai and Hyderabad were the fastest growing cities in the IT sector, Mr. Pai said that Infosys would recruit about 5,000 people by the year-end for its Chennai development centres to add to its staff strength of 3,500.

As many as 25,000 job opportunities would be created in Tamil Nadu in three to four years, he added.

Mr. Karunanidhi also held a 45-minute meeting with Wipro chairman Azim Premji.