Kolkata: In what could be seen as a major boost for the industrial sector in West Bengal, IT major Wipro on Wednesday announced a new project in the state. It said that the project which would be initiated with an investment of around Rs 700-800 crore can create at least 15,000 jobs.

Wipro's Chairman Azim Premji on Wednesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and expressed to expand its operation in the state. The company is already having a campus at the Salt Lake locality where more than 7,000 people are already working.

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who was present in the meeting told reporters that the IT major wanted to make the investment at its proposed facility at Rajarhat near the metropolis.

Quoting Premji, Mitra said Wipro would create 15,000 jobs in the new project, which is double the number of those working in the company's Salt Lake campus.

He said Wipro also evinced interest in collaborating with the state government for creating paperless offices through the PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.

Maintaining silence on the issue that where Left government had allotted 50 acre land to the company in the Rajarhaat New town, Mamata said, “Premji is an ace industrialist, whenever the work will start on the project he himself would inform the media about it.”

(JPN/ Bureau)