Rajasthan mulls knowledge corridor

Jaipur, March 24 | Updated: Mar 25 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Rajasthan government has proposed to set up a knowledge corridor along the national highway connecting Delhi to Jaipur. In a study, state government has proposed to hardsell the state to leading IT companies. The plan envisages colleges along the highway. Already, IT bigwigs such as Infosys are showing a keen interest in the state.

Apart from the IT sector, the government has also indicated its inclination to promote agri-business in a big way, with focus on high-value added segments like horticulture and medicinal plants.

The Vasundhara Raje government proposes to almost double its plan spending to more than Rs 8,000 crore for these projects. The new programmes are estimated to add to Rajasthans debt burden, which may touch Rs 60,000 crore by the end of the current fiscal.

Ms Raje has already offered investors innovative projects in tourism and regional festivals.

Their participation would come in running the tourist festivals organised throughout the year, on the lines of the Pushkar fair, said tourism minister Usha Punia. The state government has also reaffirmed the partnership with chambers such as CII. It has sought ideas to improve fiscal situation, water availability etc.