Special Correspondent

Hardware park proposed near Devanahalli

Plea to extend metro rail up to Electronics City

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has promised the information technology and biotechnology sectors all help to sustain their growth. He was participating in a meeting with captains of the IT and BT industry on Wednesday.

He said the Government’s desire was to utilise the technological capabilities and competencies of the IT/BT sector for the growth and development of various other sectors. IT tools could be utilised to monitor children’s health in schools in rural areas.

The State Government was committed to improving infrastructure in urban and rural areas and the living standards of the people.

The benefits of IT are yet to reach the rural areas. The State Government planned to facilitate setting up of around 5,000 common service cyber centres with a centre in each gram panchayat, through public-private partnership.

These centres will provide government-to-citizen and business-to-citizen services at an affordable cost while doing away with the need to travel to the taluk or district headquarters.

As announced in the budget speech, the Government proposed to establish IT/BT zones in Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Shimoga and Gulbarga, he added.

To promote IT/BT companies in various parts of the State, the Government had already announced various sops for new units.

The State Government planned to set up IT/BT parks in Tier-II and Tier-III cities like Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Shimoga, Davangere and Mangalore.

A hardware park had also been proposed near the Bengaluru International Airport. He appealed to the IT/BT sector leaders to give their “considered inputs and suggestions” for the overall development of the State. Two task forces were set up: one on information technology will be headed by N.R. Narayana Murthy and the other on biotechnology by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

The captains of the IT/BT sector appealed to the Chief Minister that the Metro Rail project be extended up to Electronics City.