MIRZA, Aug 11 - Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today laid the foundation stone of the Startup World of Innovation in Future Technology (SWIFT Centre), also known as the Electronic Manufacturing Cluster, at Tech City at Bongara, Palasbari in Kamrup district.
The SWIFT Centre will have state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing electronic products along with other manufacturing and support services such as BPO, skill development centre, data centre, testing lab, tool room, etc. Several companies, including JnJ Powercom Systems Ltd, have come forward to manufacture electronic products at the centre, sources said.
Prasad said the Union government was committed to development of the northeastern region and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken special initiative for the SWIFT Centre project. He said the Central government would give Rs 50 crore for the project, while the remaining amount would be borne by the Assam government.
Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal said the SWIFT Centre at Bongara was the result of the Advantage Assam Summit held in Guwahati this February. �Over Rs 2,500 crore would be invested in the SWIFT Centre and this is the beginning of the investment after the Global Investment Summit,� he said.
Ajay Prakash Sahani, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of India and Gautam Baruah, Director, IIIT Guwahati also spoke in the meeting attended by several important dignitaries of the Central and State governments.
The SWIFT Centre at Tech City is being set in 103 acres of land having a project cost of Rs 119.89 crore.