Minister for IT&BT S.R. Patil said here that the Union Government had approved the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) near Bangalore, which is expected to create 40 lakh jobs.

He was speaking after inaugurating SPICity Phase II of Software Paradigms Infotech (SPI) Pvt. Ltd., at Hebbal Industrial Area here yesterday.

“The ITIR is coming up on about 10,500 acres of land between Devanahalli and Chikballapur, which is within 14 km radius from Bangalore International Airport. The government has issued a notification to acquire 2,072 acres of land in the first phase. The Centre will provide Rs. 7,000 crore assistance to the State for developing infrastructure for the ITIR,” he pointed out.

Referring to the recommendations of the Karnataka ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Group headed by T.V. Mohandas Pai, the Minister said the government had accepted the recommendations in principle and was working on implementing them. Based on the ICT Group report, the State was looking at increasing employment in the IT sector from 8 lakh to 20 lakh and software exports from the current Rs. 1,35,000 crore to Rs. 4,00,000 crore by 2020, he added.

Continuing, the Minister said apart from Bangalore, the State Government is looking at other major cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Shimoga and Gulbarga for developing the IT sector with necessary infrastructure. The Government is planning to hold IT Biz show in Mysore on Aug. 7 and 8 and at Mangalore and Hubli-Dharwad thereafter.

Referring to Wi-Fi facility, the Minister said the government is prepared to provide Wi-Fi facility in stages across the State. As a first step, the facility will be introduced in M.G. Road and Brigade Road, Bangalore and will be extended to other cities such as Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad and Mangalore in the days to come.

The Minister also pointed out that a Science and Technology Resource Centre will be set up at Suttur in Nanjangud taluk, for which Rs. 5 crore has been earmarked in the budget. This apart, the government will set up a Regional Science Centre at Bagalkot and a full-fledged Science Gallery at Bangalore.

The State Government will develop the Karnataka Geographical Information system at a cost of Rs. 160 crores to use it in preventing the encroachment of government land, for which the Centre will provide Rs. 80 crores. The Govt. will install State Portal and State Delivery Gateway (SSDG) to facilitate single-window system for implementation of citizen charter, he added.

The Minister also said the Centre will be appealed to relaunch the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) project in order to facilitate small IT companies to compete at the global level and asserted that the government was committed to implement the recommendations of the Committee headed by eminent Scientist C.N.R. Rao on the comprehensive growth of Science and Technology sector, for which Rs. 20 crores has been earmarked this year.

Earlier, Sid Mookerji, Global CEO and Co-founder of SPI, spoke about the company’s growth since its establishment in 1994.

Swami Muktidanandaji of Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, who was the guest of honour, said the growth of IT Industry in the State reflected the intellectual ability of the people here. The IT sector should continue with its successful march and create more jobs, he added.

B.V. Naidu, Chairman and CEO of Sagitaur Ventures India (P) Ltd., was present.

SPI City Phase-II, spread over 85,000 sq.ft., has been built at a cost of Rs. 25 crores. The building is equipped with state-of-the art technology and can accommodate 1,000 employees. The new office is an addition to the existing 1,00,000 sq.ft. facility in Hebbal industrial area.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore