Bangalore: Coinciding with the visit of
British Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.Ks Xchanging PLC
today signed an agreement with the Karnataka Government to
establish a state-of-the-art BPO Centre in Shimoga.
This is the first processing centre being set up by
Xchanging PLC in a Tier-III town in India and also the first
to come up in Shimoga, home district of Chief Minister B S
Xchanging Chief Executive David Andrew, who signed the
agreement with Karnataka Government owned Electronics
Development Corporation (KEONICS) Managing Director Harikumar
Jha in the presence of Yeddyurappa, said his firm was one of
the top 200 companies in the U.K.
Construction on the six acre site leased to it in Shimoga
SEZ would commence in the next two months and is expected to
be compeleted in 18 months, he said.
The new centre would follow global practice in design and
technology to create a low carbon environment and set the
agenda for low energy construction in India, Andrews said.
Yeddyurappa assured all support to the venture.
Chief Secretary S V Ranganath said Karnataka is the
knowledge capital of India and a reservoir of high quality
talent. The city is home to 32 of 743 MNCs in India,he noted.
The BPO will have an initial capacity of 1,000 people
with an option to scale up to a 2,000-seat centre.
Karnataka Minister for IT and B T Katta Subramanya
Naidu was also present.