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IT Investment Region to be ready in six months

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State developing four electronic manufacturing hubs


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Inauguration: (From left) Cisco Systems Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, Home Minister V.S. Acharya, Chairman of Wipro Azim Premji, Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath and IT Principal Secretary Ashok Kumar Manoli at Bangalore IT.biz 2009 on Wednesday.

Bangalore: Minister for Information Technology Katta Subramanya Naidu has said that the Bangalore-BIAL (Bangalore International Airport Ltd.) IT Investment Region (ITIR), covering 40 sq. km, will be “ready for occupation within six months”. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the 12th edition of Bangalore IT.biz, the premier Information and Communication Technology (ICT) event in the State, on Wednesday.

Mr. Naidu said the project, being implemented in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in Devanahalli and Doddaballapur taluks, would provide all amenities and facilities for IT, IT-enabled Services (ITeS) and electronic hardware manufacturers (EHM). Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd. (KEONICS) had recently invited Expressions of Interest from consultants to prepare a techno-economic pre-feasibility report for the project.

The ITIR scheme was notified by the Union Government in May 2008 to provide readymade and developed infrastructure to potential investors in the IT sector. The policy envisages that State governments would ensure the provision of physical infrastructure and utilities, including power, water, roads, transportation, sewerage and effluent treatment facilities within notified ITIRs.

Mr. Naidu said India’s share in the global manufacturing of hardware was only one per cent. He said countries in Southeast Asia and China account for 92 per cent of the global output of electronic hardware.

The Karnataka Government is developing four electronic manufacturing hubs in the State, each spread over 1,000 acres, he said.

Mr. Naidu asked the IT industry to participate in the Government’s initiative to promote rural business process outsourcing centres in the State.

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Ltd., said ICT can “significantly enhance the productivity in government departments, particularly by improving the delivery of services to people”.

This would also promote greater accountability and transparency, he said. Home Minister V.S. Acharya said Indian IT companies had demonstrated their “resilience since the global economic crisis began last year”.

Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath said despite advances in IT, broadband penetration in India remained low.

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