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Noida & Greater Noida to emerge as data centre hubs

The world’s top companies are looking to store their data in Uttar Pradesh, as is evident from the intended investment in data centre projects.

New Delhi: The world’s top companies are looking to store their data in Uttar Pradesh, as is evident from the intended investment in data centre projects. Among the projects launched in the Ground Breaking Ceremony-3 on June 3, an investment of nearly Rs 20,000 crore is slated to be made in the field of data centre in the next five years.

A look at the sectoral distribution by investment size makes it clear that data centres top the list, with 25% of all investments coming to this sector. There are seven mega projects in this sector with a total investment of Rs 19,928 crore. A data centre is a large group of computer servers connected to the network. The data is kept safe in these data centres which are also used for processing and distribution.

The top investing companies include- NIDP Private Limited (a part of Hiranandani Group of Companies) with Rs 9100 crore; Adani Enterprises (two projects) with Rs 2706 crore and Rs 2416 crore), Sify Technologies with Rs 2692 crore; NTT Global (formerly known as Netmagic IT Services Pvt Ltd.) with Rs 1687 crore; STT Global Data Centre India Private Limited (subsidiary of ST Telemedia Global Data Centre, Singapore) with Rs 1130 crore.

The accumulated investment and capacity will make UP the largest center of data storage in north India. Incidentally, the first such project to be commissioned is that of NIDP Developers Private Limited at Plot No.7, Sector Knowledge Park-V, Greater Noida. It is likely to be commissioned in September 2022, with an employment generation of 2,000.

Adani Enterprises Limited proposes to construct 50MW data centre building in a phased manner of 25 MW capacity each at Sector 80, Noida. The investment amount is Rs 2,706 crore. The proposed Data Centre Park is designed to host multiple units and data centre halls within the premises to cater to the requirements of several industries such as global technology, IT/ITeS, BFSI, media and entertainment etc.

The park will include state-of-the-art facilities like office space, conference rooms, seminar halls, etc., to enable business continuity activities for the customers. Its expected commissioning is in July 2025 with an employment generation of 1,100.

The second data centre of Adani Enterprises is in Sector 62, Noida, and its expected commissioning is in June 2024, giving employment to 1,100 persons.

Sify Technologies Limited with an investment amount of Rs 2,692 crore, proposes to establish one of the largest hyperscale Data Center spread over an extent of 9.21 lakh Sq.ft at Noida in three phases. The expected commissioning date of the project is September 2023 and it will generate employment for 3,900 persons.

The project of NTT Global Data Centers & Cloud Infrastructure India Private Limited (formerly known as Netmagic IT Services Private Limited) is to build and operate a data centre facility consisting of two buildings with 90 MW, 8000 racks on full expansion in Greater Noida. It entails an investment of Rs 1,687 crore. The expected date of commissioning is April 2023 and it will generate employment for 300 persons.

The completion and launching of these projects in coming years will change the business ambience of Noida and Greater Noida, making this region comparable with top IT centres of the world.