Airtel’s Data Center Investment in West Bengal Is About 600 Crore

Airtel-NEXTRA is building the largest data centre in the East and North East regions of West Bengal. The subsidiary of Bharti Airtel claims that the investment is around Rs 600 crore. At the foundation-laying ceremony of this project, one of the ‘Bengal Silicon Valley’ in Rajarhat-Newtown on Tuesday, Nextra executives said that the proposed six-storey centre is targeted to be built within twenty months. In 3-4 years, about 5 thousand crore rupees will be poured to build more data centres in the country.

Note that data is stored in data centres. From there, he was used for various purposes. Due to the increase in the use of digital technology in financial development, the demand for huge data storage is increasing. Storing and storing data (in cooling systems) requires electricity. So, data centre capacity is measured by its demand. Any organization can rent part of the infrastructure as needed.

Words from the ED

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Rajesh Tapadia, ED and COO of Nextra, said that in West Bengal they have 12 small data centres with a capacity of one to five megawatts. Each has 300 to 1000 shelves of equipment. The Rajarhat plant will have a capacity of 25 MW. There will be 3000 shelves.

The state has planned ‘Bengal Silicon Valley’ for investments in information technology, data centres etc. On 250 acres of land in Rajarhat Newtown. Along with Airtel Nextra, Reliance Jio has taken its place there. On this day airtel inaugurated the project in the presence of Information Technology Minister Babul Supriya, Hidco MD Debashis Sen. Babul said that the state will provide all kinds of assistance. Tapadia said he had taken 3.9 acres from the State Industrial Development Corporation a year ago. After construction, the data centre will also do business in Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

Urgent GST Cabinet meeting called

The GST council meeting has not been called even once in the last four and a half months. More than a year ago, two GST-related ministerial groups were formed, but the debate has not been resolved. A meeting of the ministerial group was hastily called as the question arose from the opposition camp. But there was no consensus on GST on online games, casinos, or horse racing on Tuesday.

Last week, Amit Mitra, Chief Advisor to West Bengal Chief Minister and Finance Department, wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and complained that the meeting of the GST Council should be convened at least once every quarter of the financial year, but it has not been done in four and a half months. Two groups of ministers were formed to revise GST and GST rates on online games-casino-horse racing. 

According to the sources of the Ministry of Finance, after that, the activities started at the government level. A cabinet meeting was called to fix GST on online gaming-casino-horse racing under the leadership of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Tuesday afternoon. While 28 per cent GST is right, there is no consensus on how to impose it.