TCS seeks 100 acres for Karnataka facility

News Posted - 2010-10-06, Last Updated - 2010-10-06

BANGALORE: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT services exporter, has approached the Karnataka government seeking 100 acres in Bangalore to build a new facility, reports PP Thimmaya from Bangalore.

A senior state government official said they are keen to provide the land to TCS near the new international airport at Devanahallli, on the outskirts of Bangalore city. When contacted, a TCS spokesperson said: “No comments from our end.”

The state government has been keen on developing a new IT hub in the northern part of Bangalore near the international airport and quite a few IT services majors have already evinced interest in setting up their development facilities.

Besides, the state government plans to develop a dedicated aerospace zone near Devanahalli, which will involve both design and manufacturing.

Along with these plans, moves are already afoot to set up an integrated township for the technology sector called the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) spread over 40 sq km or 12,000 acres in Devanahalli.

ITIR is part of the Centre’s initiative to promote technology industry in the country. Under this, the state government will ensure all the physical infrastructure and utilities while the Centre facilitates the development of national highways, airports and rail links.

The state government has already notified acquisition of 2,081 acres for ITIR and is in the process of selecting a developer for the project.

As many as 58 IT companies have already approached the government seeking 917 acres to start their operations in ITIR. Some of these companies include Infosys, Wipro, Tejas Networks and Cognizant.

Karnataka is the first state in the country to initialise the process of setting up ITIR. Being the largest contributor to IT services exports (with a 35% share) from the country, the Karnataka government is keen to maintain its dominance. Source: ET 21/9/10