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‘ITIR for Vizag’ campaign gains steam

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Purandeswari sets deadline for preparing the draft detailed project report

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari discussing with officials and representatives of the IT industry at the APIIC office in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari discussing with officials and representatives of the IT industry at the APIIC office in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

The campaign -- IT Investment Region (ITIR) for Vizag -- gained a shot in the arm with the government appointing Ernst & Young as a consultant.

At a review meeting held here on Tuesday by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari, several people connected with the IT industry underlined the need to draw up a Detailed Project Report (DPR). Several entrepreneurs from the city stepped up campaign for ITIR for Vizag after the Centre’s last month decision to locate the State’s first ITIR in Hyderabad.

IT and Communication Department Deputy Director Shawket, VSEZ Development Commissioner S. Kishore, Software Technology Park of India Joint Director M.P. Dubey, APIIC Chief Engineer Prasad and Zonal Manager Nagabhushan Reddy participated along with Rushikonda IT Park Association president P. Vishnu Kumar Raju and vice-president O. Naresh Kumar.

Ms. Purandeswari impressed upon the urgent need for getting an ITIR for Vizag. Mr. Shawket explained that the IT&C Department had now appointed Ernst & Young as a consultant for the project.

He said the process of collecting data on land, power, water and infrastructure was started.

An ITIR requires 40 square km of land which is approximately 10,000 acres. This requires 40 per cent processing (existing IT units and proposed IT units) area and 60 per cent non-processing (housing zones, green zones, supporting industries, education institutes, hospitals, hotels, sports etc) area.

Processing area

So APIIC has given details for 4,000 acres for processing area including current SEZS at Duvvada and Rushikonda and proposed Knowledge City at Kapuluppada (1700 acres with APIIC).

Ms. Purandeswari said that exact survey numbers, extent and position details be made ready along with proposed power and water supply details by October 19.

She requested APIIC and IT&C Department to get the first draft DPR ready by that date. She said once the report was ready, they would pursue the issue with the Centre.

RITPA said that Union Minister of State for IT Killi Krupa Rani should be invited for the next meeting to facilitate quick progress.

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