By the year-end, the city will have a state-of-the-art plug-and-play IT Incubation Centre, said Minister for Information Technology and Communication Ponnala Lakshmaiah while laying the foundation stone for the 50,000 sft centre being built by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation at Rushikonda here on Wednesday. The Minister promised to offer a host of incentives including concessional or free bandwidth connectivity.

The building, expected to be ready in eight months, would conform to the Gold Standard of the Green Building Council.

The Green Technology branding would also help the occupants attract clients, the Minister explained. The second incubation centre planned by IT&C Department would be in the city centre, he said. The government was willing to support the VUDA to build an IT Tower if it did not want to alienate the land to the Department or the APIIC, he said.

Pointing out that this was the government’s first IT Incubation Centre, he said that IT industry was the fastest in creating employment opportunities and that was in line with the government’s avowed aim of creating employment opportunities for the youth.

He scotched rumours that IBM was exiting from the city and urged everyone not to get carried away by rumours. WIPRO too was aiming at expanding its presence in the city, he said.

IT Park

Taking note of the issues plaguing the Rushikonda IT Park, the Minister assured that a free shuttle service would be run by the APIIC and the streetlights would be improved. The police had been directed to increase their patrolling in the area. The bad roads and poor infrastructure in the area was due to lack of coordination between different government departments, he lamented. The government was planning to set up incubation centres in Tirupati, Warangal, and Kakinada in its bid to encourage IT industry in Tier-II cities.

The government was already spending Rs. 50 lakh on incubation centre in engineering colleges, he added.

Minister for Investment, Infrastructure and Ports Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Bheemili MLA Avanti Srinivas Rao, District Collector V. Seshadri, IT secretary Sanjay Jaju, APIIC Executive Director Sreedhar Cheruka and other officials and non-officials were present.

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