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By A Newsman
Kolkata, 17 December: IF the state urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim is to be believed, software giant Infosys would soon set up its much-delayed unit at Rajarhat New Town off Kolkata.
“Infosys unit will become a reality soon. Senior officials of the company visited the Rajarhat plot a few days ago and have cleared the final instalment that was due towards the plot that was allocated to Infosys for an IT unit,” Hakim said at the state Assembly today.
He, however, declined knowledge if the state government was ready to accord special economic zone (SEZ) status to the Infosys unit which has been a bone of contention between the IT major and the Mamata Banerjee government.
“This (SEZ) is out of my purview…But since Infosys has paid Rs 50-crore for the plot and it will surely come up with the proposed unit here,” the minister said. “But we are waiving off property tax on any land or building that is exclusively used for IT or ITES and also allowing a higher Floor Area Ration. These are major incentives.”
It was in 2010 that the then Left Front government had allocated a 50-acre plot at Rajarhat New Town to Infosys for an IT unit and had promised SEZ status for the same which would have facilitated several tax benefits and relaxation in labour laws.
But ever since Trinamul came to power in 2011, it declined to accord the SEZ status and in turn pushing the project to the back burner.