Orissa Gets First Private IT Park

Orissa got its first private software technology park Tuesday. Built on the outskirts of state capital Bhubaneswar by city-based JSS Group, the venture was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The JSS Software Technology Park has a built-up area of about 55,000 square feet and can accommodate about 1,000 IT (Information Technology) professionals, Bijoy K. Sahoo, Chairman of the JSS group told IANS.

The eight-floor building constructed with an investment of Rs.10 crore in the first phase has ready-to-move-in facilities, Sahoo said, adding that two companies have already allotted space and they have begun their operations from today (Tuesday).

JSS has planned to invest Rs.70 crore (Rs.700 million) in the second phase that is scheduled to complete in the next 24 months. The total built up area of the project after second phase expansion would be two lakh square feet, he said.

"I am happy to see the overall ambience of the IT Park equipped with international standard infrastructure and facilities which can be customized and put to use in the least possible time for effective use by small and medium enterprise IT units," Patnaik said at the inaugural ceremony.

"Besides offering ready to move-in built up space for IT and ITES (IT enabled services) units, it will also provide incubation facilities for start-ups at affordable rates," he said.

"This will not only create new job opportunities, but also give a boost to the export of software and IT services in the state," the chief minister said.

JSS Group operates as a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) company in the banking and financial back-end services.