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IT Giant Wipro to launch SEZ in Vizag

IT giant Wipro has plans to set up an IT SEZ at port city of Visakhapatnam and also set up Santoor soap manufacturing near Hindupur in Anantapur District.

Andhra Pradesh Minister for IT & C Sri Palle Raghunath Reddy told newsmen today that Chairman of WIPRO Dr.Azim Premji and his team called on AP CM Chandrababu Naidu to receive the NOC for IT SEZ to Sri Premji from AP CM Chandrababu Naidu.

The Wipro also plans to invest Rs.500 crore and set up another unit of its Santoor soap manufacturing and fatty acids plat near Hindupur, the assembly constituency of Sri N Balakrishna and sought 50 acres. The Santoor soap is already a market leader in AP.

Wipro chairman also called on Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and assured him to expand his operations in Hyderabad also. Wipro already has two units in Hitech city and also Gachibowli with over 5000 soft professionals.

The Minister said Wipro was given 7.1 acres of land at Visakhapatnam in 2004 for software center of which it had developed 2 lakh sft area over 4 acres of land and given 650 jobs so far. 'Now they wanted SEZ status for the rest of 3.1 acre area left unused so that they could set up to construct 5 lakh sft development centre and provide 7000 jobs in five years.

The minister said Wipro chairman Azim Premji also offered to train the teachers in primary education, undertake Anganwadi training and awareness program in health care for protection and augmenting women and child welfare schemes. Wipro also offered to start a training centre for training technicians in Health care on medical services such as CT scan, MRI and Ultrasound etc.

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