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Infy to set up world’s largest software development centre in Chennai

Wednesday 25 February 2004

CHENNAI: Chennai is clearly staking claim for a bigger share of the IT pie. Tamil Nadu chief minister Ms J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the proposed software development campus of Infosys Technologies to come up at Mahindra City (near Chennai). Infosys chairman & chief mentor Mr N R Narayana Murthy told Ms Jayalalithaa on the occasion that the facility will “become the world’s largest development centre”.

To come up over a sprawling 129 acre of land, with an ultimate built-up area of 3.5 million sq ft and an investment of Rs 1,250 crore, the facility - which will house 25,000 software personnel - will be the largest software development centre in the state and possibly the country, when completed.

Infosys plans to invest around Rs 250 crore in phase I of the new facility at Mahindra City. It will have a capacity for 5,000 people and a built-up area of nearly 1 million sq ft. When fully completed, the 3.5 million sq ft facility to house 25,000 employees will require 22.5 mw of power and 15 lakh litres of water, and a total investment of Rs 1,250 crore.

The land area for the proposed Infosys campus is almost 10 times larger than the company’s current 13-acre campus on the IT Highway in Sholinganallur in Chennai. At present, this centre houses around 2,800 employees. For the proposed campus, Infosys will take the modular route to construction and will keep on adding to the constructed space and employment based on business needs and demands.

Ms Jayalalithaa unveiled the foundation stone at a function held here in the presence of Mr Narayana Murthy and Mahindra & Mahindra vice-chairman & managing director Mr Anand G Mahindra. She expressed her happiness over the decision of Infosys to expand its activities in Chennai.


The Economic Times, Wednesday, February 25, 2004.

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