Kolkata– West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said IT majors Wipro and Microsoft have agreed to invest in the state.

Banerjee said that Wipro would be allocated 50 acres of land at the Silicon Valley IT hub at New Town here, while Microsoft would start e-commerce platforms in West Bengal.

“Wipro is coming back to Bengal. They will take 50 acres of land at the Silicon Valley Hub. This will lead to employment of 10,000 people,” Banerjee said, while addressing the “Save Green Stay Clean” event at Nazrul Mancha here.

“Also, Microsoft will start e-commerce platforms in Bengal and will start two projects named ‘Sangam’ and ‘E-Web’. They will invest for the welfare of the handloom weavers in Bengal. Close to six lakhs weavers will be benefited by their initiative. Their income will increase by 25 per cent,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Banerjee, accompanied by her party Trinamool Congress leaders and city intellectuals, led a “Save Environment” rally in the city that passed from Birla Planetarium to Nazrul Mancha.

She also said the forest cover in Bengal had increased from 14 per cent in 2011 to nearly 19 per cent in 2019, and urged her party leaders to provide saplings to the puja committees, clubs, schools and colleges to encourage tree plantation. (IANS)