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Proposed IT incubation centre away from city

G.S. Subrahmanyam
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Government not doing its bit, say representatives of software companies

Crying for attention:Most of the buildings of IT companies in the IT Park at Rushikonda in the city are underutilised.— Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Crying for attention:Most of the buildings of IT companies in the IT Park at Rushikonda in the city are underutilised.— Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

The government is set to develop a plug-and-play green powered IT incubation centre at the IT park at Gambheeram to promote small entrepreneurs to set up their units there, Minister for Information Technology & Communication Ponnala Lakshmaiah said.

The proposed incubation centre would comprise two towers which would have one lakh square feet office space with power from non-conventional and renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, Secretary (IT) Sanjay Jaju said and added that the project would also have ample parking space. With the government unable to access land in the city the proposed incubation towers would be at Gambheeram, he said. The companies would get the advantage of low rentals, the IT Secretary pointed out.

However, representatives of software companies operating out of the city were not happy.

“How can the government expect that a small IT company with say 10 or 20 staff operate from a place that is 20 km from the city. Providing transport for such a small team would not be viable,” the CEO of a software development company said.

“It does not make sense for the government to invite IT companies to invest in the city, while it has failed to address the issues plaguing the existing companies,” marketing manager of a software company said.

For instance, there is unused capacity in the IT companies in Rushikonda IT Park. There are couple of units that are lying vacant and some are just shells with the investors abandoning the project midway.

The employees of the companies on the Rushikonda hills have to drive down at least four km to reach the nearest provision store or to enjoy a cup of tea. Newspapers are not delivered to these addresses. Postman hitches a hike to reach them. There has been very little done by the government to even provide the approach road, which was built at the cost of the companies that bought the land there.

Interestingly, in the recent past at least two investors evinced interest in setting up units here, but if the government does not do anything for the existing companies, investments in the pipeline may just remain there, a top honcho of a software company lamented.

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