Infosys to start work in Kolkata

Update on the Infosys Kolkata as on 2nd December 2020

IT giant Infosys would commence work at Rajarhat New Town from July 2021 for its maiden project in the state and will complete it in two years. Salil Parekh, CEO and MD, Infosys thanked CM Mamata Banerjee for giving Infosys a unique opportunity to be a part of the Landscape in Kolkata and West Bengal according to a news article published in Times of India today.

Over the last 2 years ever since this article was published, we have been getting regular queries on the progress on Infosys and when operations here would be commencing. We hope to be sharing a few upto date pictures of the site soon.

Actual Site

Over the last few years the entire OrangeTree Global team has been following the events associated with Infosys’s movement and setting up shop in Bengal. More so because of the wide scale impact it will have on Analytics opportunities and jobs in the State. Over the next year or so, our team will keep you updated on the Growth Story of Infosys in Bengal. Needless to say this is the beginning of a new chapter in Analytics and IT in Kolkata and West Bengal.

What is the biggest takeaway from the arrival of Infosys in Kolkata? Techies from Bengal working in the city or outside the state see a ray of hope. Infosys’ foray will either convince them to stay on, or maybe even persuade them to come back, home.

Agniva Mookherjee, who works with Cognizant as a senior business consultant in Manchester, told TOI that he got to know about Infosys’ massive investment plans on Wednesday. “This is a major milestone in the IT ecosystem prospering in Bengal. It gives a chance for ex-Infosys employees like me to head back to my base and continue working in the IT Industry while enjoying the benefits of living in Kolkata and pursuing dreams of a flourishing career all the way till retirement,” he added. Rupam Das, who is with PwC, London, agrees. “This will now give us immense opportunities to come back home as openings in middle management will increase,” he said. Another IT professional, Arpan Majumdar, who works in a leading IT multi-national company in Bengaluru, said Infosys’ arrival in Kolkata was great news for those who want to stay and work in Kolkata. “Now, they have a solid option like Infosys. It is a big name and we believe that this way, other MNCs could follow suit,” he added. Dipankar Mazumdar, who works for Tech Mahindra in Kolkata, was happy that Infosys had finally come to Bengal. He believes other big companies would follow suit and he would be able to reunite with some of his friends who stay in Pune or Bengaluru. Madhurima Roy, who works Honeywell, sounded excited. “I read it in the newspapers today. It is a really good development. We were discussing this during lunch hour,” she said.

Shayan Ahmed, ex student of OrangeTree Global who works for an Analytics Firm in Bangalore said: “With Infosys coming to Kolkata, the positivity will spread and encourage other big players to also open shop here, as there is no doubt about the quality of talent available here.” Blaise Mondal, ex student of OrangeTree Global working with Cartesian Consulting, said this would come as great news for a lot of professionals who want to stay in Kolkata, close to their family and friends. This would also reduce expenses, he felt.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed Infosys Ltd had agreed to start construction of its proposed development centre in Kolkata, even without the state granting the company permission to turn it into a special economic zone (SEZ).

“Infosys has agreed to start construction of its development center in Kolkata, West Bengal, which will have a capacity to seat around 1000 people,” said the IT firm in a statement. “We will submit the plan for the proposed center to the West Bengal government as soon as the land registration process is complete.”

Back in 2010, the West Bengal government had allotted 50 acres in Rajarhat township near Kolkata to Infosys after several failed attempts by the state to get the company to invest in West Bengal. The firm paid Rs75 crore to acquire the land, but didn’t start construction. After Banerjee took office as chief minister in 2011, she said she would not allow the development centre to be turned into an SEZ in line with her party Trinamool Congress’s stand on such enclaves with special trade laws. This hobbled the project, but Banerjee claimed on Tuesday that the c ompany had changed its mind and was now looking to invest at least Rs100 crore.

A key official in the state government said that during recent discussions with the management of Infosys, the administration had assured the company of compensating in “other ways”. Following this commitment, the company has agreed to start construction of its development centre in Kolkata, this official said, asking not to be named.

Kolkata has been on Infosys’s radar from 2004. But its first attempt to acquire land in Rajarhat township failed because of prohibitive land prices. The state, at that time ruled by the Left Front, did not agree to allot land at prices acceptable to Infosys.

Finally, in April 2008, the company announced that it would set up a development centre in Kolkata, spending at least Rs500 crore and that the unit would employ 5,000 people when scaled up. It led to the company acquiring a 50 acre plot but not much beyond because the political regime changed.

There are 35 comments

  1. INFOSYS TO START WORK ON KOLKATA CENTRE . When ?
    Is it started ?

    June 13, 2019, 12:50 pm
    1. Hi Mohan, Yes construction on the building has begun at Rajarhat Newtown. An MoU has been signed by the Government of West Bengal and Infosys. We will try to keep you posted on any further developments here. Thank you for your interest.

      June 23, 2019, 11:09 am
      1. When is the construction of the Kolkata Infosys campus will be completed and when is it expected to start its operation? Eagerly waiting to return to base, if things change.

        July 20, 2019, 6:56 pm
        1. Hi Prakash. We still believe there is a long way to go here. Will keep you updated with respect to develoments.

          August 16, 2019, 11:22 am
      2. Hi, is there a latest update on the Infosys construction in Kolkata?

        August 14, 2019, 4:50 pm
        1. No updates as of now Avik. Sorry!

          August 16, 2019, 11:25 am
  2. Hi ,

    Any estimated time on completion of the project?

    June 25, 2019, 12:06 am
    1. Not as of now Kriti.

      August 16, 2019, 11:21 am
  3. Hi. When will the Infosys office open in Kolkata?

    July 26, 2019, 11:46 pm
    1. Still a long way to go Krishna. Will keep you updated.

      August 16, 2019, 11:24 am
  4. What is the progress on infosys now?

    August 4, 2019, 4:26 pm
    1. Construction of the office is going on.

      August 16, 2019, 11:24 am
  5. Any idea when Infosys Kolkata DC would be operational?

    August 10, 2019, 5:05 pm
    1. All dates are tentative. There is nothing confirmed as of now Debnarayan but we will try to keep you updated.

      August 16, 2019, 11:25 am
  6. When Infosys would be in operation at KOLKATA

    August 18, 2019, 8:16 pm
    1. Construction is commencing from June- July 2021. Operation commencement is a long way off. We will keep you posted with developments here.

      December 10, 2020, 10:14 am
  7. Hi…..heard that Infosys is about to take some land for office @ Durgapur also about 150 kms from Kolkata.Is that true.Also is der chances that Kolkata DC will be operational by 2020.And as of now only technical profile openings about to come or BPO also.

    Thanks…

    August 23, 2019, 12:45 pm
    1. No Infosys are definitely not looking at anything in Durgapur right now. As far as Kolkata operations are concerned 2020 looks dicey given the status of the construction.

      September 7, 2019, 6:11 pm
      1. ok so around 2021 for Kolkata operations of around 1000 openings for Infy.

        October 16, 2019, 1:02 pm
  8. When infosys in kolkata starts operating..Any idea..awant to reloacte from Infy pune to Infy kolkata asap

    August 28, 2019, 10:22 pm
    1. It would be difficult to answer this question. There are a number of Analytics Jobs currently in Kolkata. If you’re looking at coming back home one way I would suggest is to upskill to Analytics and Data Visualisation and then look at openings in HSBC Decision Sciences, TCS Analytics etc. Send you CV to [email protected] lets take a look and see what we can do! 🙂

      September 7, 2019, 6:08 pm
  9. Could u please share the pictures of the proposed campus opening in Kolkata?

    August 31, 2019, 6:57 am
    1. Hi Amit, Not too sure if we can get authentic pictures from the site itself. Lets see if anyone from OrangeTree Global can go and visit the site soon. We’re also interested to see how soon we can start placing our students in Data Science and Predictive Analytics Profiles.

      September 7, 2019, 5:53 pm
  10. Hi Team,

    As we are struggling for Jobs in kolkata, as Infosys is opening the IT in Kolkata will it also open the BPO sector for guys like us,can u also let me know as Infosys hires undergraduates outside kolkata, will it also hire in kolkata for the BPO sector.
    please let me know as I am Lookingto move out of Kolkata after 2019, otherwise I will be leaving my house and moving to Banglore.

    September 9, 2019, 3:29 pm
    1. Hi Aniruddha, the Kolkata IT sector may be struggling. However, I suggest you look at Upskilling to Analytics. IT professionals who are struggling in any company will continue as the industry demands and expectations have increased and unfortunately not all professionals are skilled enough to meet these demands. Keep your chin up buddy! 🙂

      October 15, 2019, 11:50 am
  11. I have completed MA . Can I apply in Infosys

    September 12, 2019, 11:27 am
    1. Depending on your additional skills and the Job Description you may apply.

      April 16, 2020, 11:00 am
  12. Hi! So tentatively during what period of time Infosys will start recruitment for its Kolkata location any update on that.

    September 13, 2019, 3:20 pm
    1. Please refer to the Infosys Website for Career openings and job updates. This blog and thread is trying to give some real time feedback on the status of the construction at the site in Rajarhat Kolkata.

      October 12, 2020, 6:12 pm
  13. What is the exact location of Infosys project in New Town Kolkata, is it within proposed Silicon Valey Hub or somewhere else ?

    September 4, 2020, 10:51 am
    1. Hi Pranav, no the Infosys project is not within the proposed Silicon Valley Hub.

      October 12, 2020, 6:04 pm
  14. Is there any update on infosys campus in kolkata ?

    September 23, 2020, 2:43 pm
    1. Hi Subhadip,

      No there is no update. We will send a team to the site to see the status of the construction soon.

      October 12, 2020, 6:00 pm
  15. Where exactly Infosys Kolkata DC will be situated ?
    Does construction started for Infosys Kolkata DC?

    November 16, 2020, 11:48 pm
    1. Hi Ritendra. So we recently visited the site where Infosys have bought the land. This is not in the proposed Bengal Silicon Valley but more towards Uniworld City, Xaviers University. It is approximately 7kms for Tata Cancer Hospital.

      December 7, 2020, 11:40 am