Indian mobile network operator Reliance Jio Infocomm will be investing Rs 1,000 crore in a state-of-the-art greenfield data centre in Kolkata where a 100-acre IT hub will be launched. This will be the biggest tech hub in the state as stated by Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal.
She mentioned about this matter while speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the upcoming Bengal Silicon Valley technology hub. According to the sources, Reliance Jio has already put in the application to the state government regarding 40 acres of prime land on long-term lease. This has been done for setting up the proposed data centre at the upcoming tech hub in the city’s eastern fringes.
Tarun Jhunjhunwala, Jio’s eastern India head said, “The data centre project is a reaffirmation of Reliance’s faith in Bengal, and it will be our contribution towards state chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s goal of digitising West Bengal.”
The first phase of the project will be completed within 15 months from the date of obtaining all statutory clearances. Along with Reliance Jio, Infosys Ltd. will also set up projects under the technology hub at New Town.
We are happy that Reliance Group is setting up a new state-of-art Data Centre in Kolkata. New projects of Amazon, Fujisoft, new IT Parks at Purulia, Malda and Siliguri were also launched today. pic.twitter.com/vPV2IjZ6qg
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 13, 2018
It was in January that Mukesh Ambani stated Reliance Industries would put in as much as Rs 5,000 crore in West Bengal with the aim to boost up the telecom arm’s operations, its digital ecosystem and also the group’s retail and fuel retail businesses.
The company will also be working with various partners for the purpose of exploring the setting up of state-of-the-art, next-gen electronics manufacturing facilities to make West Bengal an innovation hub for consumer devices.