Amazon inaugurates its world's biggest campus building in Hyderabad

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Amazon inaugurates its world's biggest campus building in Hyderabad

Amazon has inagurated its world's largest campus building in India. The building was inaugurated by Mohammed Mahmood Ali, MLC, Minister of Home, Prisons, Fire Services, government of Telangana, in the presence of Amit Agarwal, SVP and Country Head, Amazon India and John Schoettler, VP, Global Real Estate and Facilities, Amazon in Hyderabad on Wedesday.

Amazon says that its new campus in Hyderabad is its first owned office building outside the United States and the single largest building globally. It is spread over 9.5 acres of land and it is built to house more than 15,000 employees of its over 62,000 workforce in the country.

Interestingly, the campus contains 2.5 times more steel than the Eiffel Tower, measured by weight, and its total built-up area when spread out will span over 68 acres of land, which is equivalent to nearly 65 football fields.

"Telangana is happy to host Amazon's largest building campus in the world. Amazon has played a significant role in creating job opportunities in Hyderabad for more than a decade. This facility was built in a record time of just over 3 years, showing the ease of doing business with the Government of Telangana. It also showcases our investment-friendly policies and commitment to create a hub for high quality talent pool," Telangane chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said in a statement.

"We are excited to inaugurate our largest campus building globally here in India at Hyderabad...This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and our plans for India," Amit Agarwal, SVP and Country Manager, Amazon India said on the occassion.

Talking to Reuters on the sidelines of the inaguration of the campus building in Hyderabad, Agarwal said that India needs to encourage ecommerce and reduce red tape to help revive its domestic economic growth. "There is so much opportunity to just let ecommerce thrive versus trying to define every single guard rail under which it should operate," he said in a statement to Reuters.

"I feel ecommerce can actually accelerate India's economy in a big way, if it's just allowed to thrive," he added.