Correspondent

State agrees to provide site and funds: Pallamraju

Spectrum Management Policy submitted to Parliament As part of STP, earth station, incubation centre to be established Port town set to become major hub for industrialisation

Kakinada: If all goes well, the country would have as many as 25 crore subscribers of all types of phones including land and mobile by the end of 2007, said Mallipudi Mangapati Pallamraju MP and also Chairman of Parliamentary Sanding Committee on Information Technology here.

Addressing a press conference on Friday night, he said the committee had submitted to the Parliament a comprehensive report on 'Spectrum Management Policy', which enabled the country to achieve a radical transformation in the IT.

He said the Central Government had sanctioned a Software Technology Park for Kakinada city, which is expected to come into being shortly. The State Government, he said, had agreed to provide the necessary site besides Rs. 2 crores for construction of various installations.

Under the project, he said, a giant earth station and an incubation centre would come up in the port town which serve as the nodal centre for the development of IT projects including export oriented projects.

Hub of activity

Claiming that the port town is going to be major hub for industrialisation with the setting up of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) including ONGC refinery, Mr. Pallamraju said that it was a sheer luck that the Centre had chosen the place for location of the prestigious project without anybody's efforts.

Refinery project

He said there was no truth in the reports that he was opposed to the refinery project. I shall take up the matter with Chief Minister and also the SEZ promoters to ensure that misapprehensions are cleared, he said.

Train services

On the discontinuance of train services on the Kakinada-Kotipalli railway line, he said it was due to the erosion of railway track bund at several stretches due to recent cyclonic rain.

He said the operations would be resumed shortly.