Santosh Patnaik

VISAKHAPATNAM: With several units at advance stage of completion, the IT SEZ at Rushikonda is inching towards turning into a hub for IT units.

“By the end of next financial year, 20 units will be operational. It will certainly become another Madhapur, also known as Cyberabad,” says B.P. Acharya, APIIC Chairman and Managing Director.

Hill No. 2 and 3 in the SEZ are fully occupied and as of now, six units have started operations, including Symbiosys Technologies, Southerland and Kennexa. In next six months, as per APIIC projections, 5,000 jobs will be created. Mahati Software, Sankhya Technologies, Infotech and Softsol will launch their operations within couple of months. Recession notwithstanding, employment in the zone will go up by 10,000 people in 2010 and 20,000 by 2011 making it a major IT hub. During the visit of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, the officials concerned gave a facelift to the zone with streetlighting.

Though on infrastructure front, everything is complete, public transport is missing as the APSRTC is running only an ordinary bus. IT entrepreneurs want that a couple of Metro or JNNURM buses should be plied regularly.

Voltage fluctuation and load shedding have also caused serious concern among the exporters. After a discussion, District Collector J. Syamala Rao last week directed the officials concerned to take steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply and introduce two buses in good condition from various destinations to Rushikonda within a fortnight. As per IT policy, it is the responsibility of the government to supply high-quality power without any interruption to the SEZs.