G. Ravikiran

Nearly 2 lakh sq. ft. of office space to be created in this phase

Good quality being maintained, says official

Care being taken to complete it on time

VIJAYAWADA: Nearly 2 lakh sq. ft. of office space is being created in the first phase of the IT Park coming up at Kesarapalli near Gannavaram airport. District Collector N. Sridhar has recently announced that the first phase works will be completed by the end of June.

The total office space to be created by the time the project is completed entirely is estimated to be 11 lakh sq. ft. The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and the L&T Company are jointly executing the project.

IT Park chief operating officer V. Udaya Bhasker told The Hindu on Sunday that two IT companies were ready to occupy the space allotted to them immediately after the completion of the first phase. The two companies, the Extra Net Software Solutions and the Tick Tick Trax Software Company, would be occupying 5,000 sq. ft. and 4,000 sq. ft., respectively. These companies have intimated the officials that they would start operations as and when the space was handed over to them.

L&T project manager P.V. Murali Krishna said that the works on the first phase of the IT Park were going on at a brisk pace and good quality was being maintained by taking all the necessary measures. All the basic facilities have been provided at the site to ensure that the works were completed in accordance with the stipulated time.

Long-cherished dream

The completion of the IT Park near the city has been a long-cherished dream of the people in view of the fact that the software professionals and young aspirants churned out of tens of engineering colleges here are forced to go elsewhere in search of good job opportunities. This IT Park will create a chance for them to stab back and find good careers nearer their homes itself.

With the elections over, the district administration has turned its attention to the developmental works on a massive scale.

The IT Park is one of the prestigious projects that the administration seems focussed on completing it without further delay. Mr. Sridhar, in his recent review meeting, asked the officials to hasten and complete the first phase in the given time-frame.

The L&T officials say that the second phase of the IT Park will be taken up soon and they are formulating plans for the same.

However, the extent of office space to be created in the second phase will depend on the demand that will be there from the IT companies.