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Amazon opens its biggest campus in the world in India complete with helipad and space for 15,000 employees

AMAZON has opened its largest campus in the world in India - complete with a helipad and enough space for 15,000 workers.

The vast 9.5 acre site in the southern city of Hyderabad needed more than twice as much steel as the Eiffel Tower in Paris to construct.

It boasts around 1.8million square feet of office space and took more than three years to build.

The web giant did not reveal the exact cost of the enormous new facility - but admitted the bill ran into the "hundreds of millions of dollars."

It is the first office outside the United States that Amazon fully owns.

Amazon India country manager Amit Agarwal said on Wednesday: "The investment to create an office of this size indicates that we are going to continue to grow."

CRACKING INDIA

India is seen as one of Amazon's last major markets to crack - but it faces increasing competition from local players.

Founder Jeff Bezos has committed an investment of over $5billion (£4.1bn) for India operations as the company seeks to fend off competition from Walmart's e-commerce unit Flipkart.

Despite this, the subcontinent has proved to be one of the company's fastest growing overseas markets.

Amazon has 62,000 employees in India - roughly a third of whom are based in Hyderabad.

VAST OFFICE

John Schoettler, the company's vice president of global real estate and facilities, said the new campus would host employees across divisions - including Amazon Web Services.

Amazon started operations in India in 2004 from Hyderabad - but it launched its retail operations only in 2013.

The company has since added video streaming and grocery delivery services under its Prime offerings.

It is also working on a restaurant food delivery service.

The move comes months after the Seattle-based company scrapped plans to build a major outpost in New York - blaming opposition from local leaders.

Amazon then picked Arlington, Virginia, as the site for its upcoming second headquarters.

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