AP out to promote tier II towns with IT towers

Hyderabad, Feb 1 | Updated: Feb 2 2006, 06:10am hrs
After Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, the Andhra Pradesh government has now turned to Vijayawada to extend its IT revolution. The state cabinet has cleared the proposal transferring 30.6 acres of land in Keesarapalli village near Vijayawada to the information technology department to promote `IT towers' as part of its policy to encourage the growth of tier II towns.

Briefing the cabinet decision, information and public relations minister Shabbir Ali said that the IT department will have to repay Rs 2.2 crore to the jails department as compensation. The government is serious in developing the tier II towns - Warangal, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nellore and Tirupati - as IT hubs of the state. The land will be utilized by the IT department to develop IT parks, IT SEZ parks to attract NRIs who have evinced interest in seting up their off-shore units in that area.

The proposed IT towers will be self-contained modern township consisting of: space to small and medium enterprises and home grown IT companies, an incubation centre to cater to the first generation technocrat entrepreneurs, restaurant/food courts, shopping malls and entertainment places.

Besides, the government has allocated two acres to the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), and a further Rs 1 crore was sanctioned to fund the construction of an incubation centre.