Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Orissa's Minister for Information Technology (IT) Ramesh Majhi hoped that the centre of the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) in Berhampur would be functional soon.

The third Software Technology Park of India (STPI) being set up at Ambapua on the outskirts of the city has till date failed to attract major IT companies.

The construction work of the project is almost complete, according to the authorities. But, during his visit to the city on Saturday night, Mr. Majhi said proposals were on to open up another STP centre in Balasore in north Orissa.

He requested the local entrepreneurs to come out and utilize the STPI in Berhampur to make this city another IT hub of south Orissa.

Speaking to newsmen, he said there was ample scope for development in the field of IT in the State which was evident from the success of infocity project in Bhubaneswar. He hoped that this success would be replicated in other parts of the State. According to sources, the STPI authorities had approached some major IT companies for taking up projects with the help of Berhampur STPI, but no company has committed for it. The impact of slump in the international economy, especially in the IT sphere, was a major reason behind it. With the recession phase over, the authorities hoped that STPI Berhampur would become operational. Berhampur happens to be the third centre of the STPI in the State after Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. It was to act as a resource centre for the software-exporting units by offering plug and play office space and high speed data communication with uninterrupted data connectivity.

The Berhampur STPI centre has built-up area of about 10,000 sq ft. The MoU (memorandum of understanding) for the centre was signed between STPI and the Orissa government in July 2005.