Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is planning to organise a mega Partnership Summit in Hyderabad to attract top national and international companies to invest in the new state.
Mr Rao is keen that the event be held in such a grand manner that it should overtake the other states’ events such as ‘Vibrant Gujarat’, ‘Advantage Karnataka’ and ‘Lead Bengal’.
The government will showcase world-class infrastructure facilities available in the city, power subsidy and a range of tax incentives, to lure investors.
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The new Telangana state has been facing cut-throat competition from southern states, which include Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
With Hero MotoCorp (formerly Hero Honda) recently announcing its plans to set up a manufacturing plant in South India, AP and Karnataka are vying to attract the plant. Mr Rao, meanwhile, has directed the Industries department to personally meet Hero MotoCorp chief Pawan Munjal and invite him to set up the plant in Medak.
Hyderabad: The K. Chandrasekhar Rao government is on the lookout to have new IT clusters around Hyderabad Outer Ring Road.
With Hyderabad city saturated for IT growth and other industries, the government is seriously considering new sites along the 139 km ORR to promote IT, BT and other sectors.
The new IT hubs would have all infrastructure and facilities for the companies besides campuses having schools, colleges, hospitals, good roads, drinking water, drainage facilities, adequate power supply and policing among others.
“Hyderabad is saturated now. We have to develop new clusters for IT and other industries like pharma, life sciences among others. At the same time Hyderabad as its brand image should not lose its sheen. The only option right now is to develop new clusters around the ORR,” Harpreet Singh, secretary to the government’s, IT, Electronics and communication department told this newspaper.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, IT minister K.T. Rama Rao are giving a big push to the IT and other sectors to accelerate development, increase revenue and jack up employment opportunities in the new state.
Asked if the government has identified any specific areas around ORR, Mr Harpreet Singh said that places like Pocharam, Shamshabad Airport, Shamirpet, Medchal, which have better connectivity, has potential for IT growth.
“We now have 700 IT companies of various sizes with a work force of about 3 lakh employees. Hyderabad in Telangana is the second biggest IT hub in the country,” he said.
Mr Harpreet Singh said the government is contemplating setting up an Institute of Innovation, a public-private partnership on the lines of ISB to improve innovation in the IT sector and encourage and facilitate start-ups.
Hyderabad is the most sought after destination for IT companies. TCS is setting up its biggest campus in the city. Infosys is expanding from the present work force of 8,000 by adding another 10,000 soon, Oracle has set up its office here besides several other companies, he added.
Referring to a recent interaction between Mr Rama Rao, IT department officials and representatives of IT companies, Mr Harpreeet Singh said there were requests to increase frequency in MMTS, repair roads, improve lighting, introduce more surveillance cameras, and increase policing among other facilities.
A request was also made by the IT companies to extend the metro network to the financial district, but the authorities said it was not financially viable, he said.
Hyderabad: The Partnership Summit will be a unique platform which would bring together heads of governments, trade ministers, industry leaders and academicians from across the world.
The TRS government is planning to invite over 160 countries for the event. Last time, companies from about 44 countries had attended. Mr Rao wants the event, planned either in December this year or January 2015, to be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Mr Rao’s son and IT minister K.T. Rama Rao has been playing an active role in organising the summit by holding discussions with officials of the Industries department besides CII and FICCI.
Mr Rama Rao said, “The government is now in the process of finalising an attractive industrial policy. The policy is expected to be out by August. Once it is out, we will approach all the top national and international firms to set up their operations in T state and invite them for the Partnership Summit in December-end this year or January 2015.”
Mr Rama Rao added that Telangana continued to be the most favoured destination for big industrialists and the decision of Tata Group to set up it’s another Aerospace project on the city’s outskirts had proved this again.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held on Monday.
“This is the first big investment coming to the Telangana state after Mr Rao took over as Chief Minister. There are several such big project in the pipeline,” Mr Rama Rao added.
Hyderabad: The Telangana government is aiming at retrofitting all IT parks in partnership with multiple agencies. Retrof-itting is aimed at improving the economic performance, work environment, employability and environment performance of the IT parks and will be initially tested in IT parks in Madhapur and Nanakramguda.
“GIZ has already done ‘greening’ of industrial parks and retrofitting in Jadcherla and Nacharam and has announced a Rs 10-crore grant for studying the impact of climate change. We, from our side, will provide Rs 5 lakh support to the five IT parks for taking up the initiative and ultimately all the 124 buildings are being aimed for retrofitting,” said IT minister Mr K.T. Rama Rao.
The five-point programme will focus on greening the buildings, waste management, plantations, rain water harvesting, cycling to work, insulation, solar energy, green roofs and walls, barrier free buildings for improving accessibility to physically challenged people and waste management.
The 4G WiFi services will be available in western Hyderabad by September and for the entire city by December end. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the officials to make arrangements for the same.
Speaking at a review meeting with officials on ‘Hyderabad 4G WiFi City’ at the Secretariat on Thursday, KCR directed them to develop digital broadband infrastructure in Hyderabad. IT minister KT Rama Rao and representatives of Reliance, which will provide the services, were present in the meeting.
Reliance state CEO KS Venugopal and coordinator PVL Madhava Rao explained to KCR the progress on the works of WiFi services in Hyderabad and other places in Telangana.
As part of the first phase, 4G services will be made available in six corporations, 37 municipalities across the state apart from Hyderabad. In the second phase, all other cities, towns and 220 mandal headquarters will be provided with the services. The entire state would be made WiFi enabled by the third phase.
The chief minsiter felt that 4G services would support the government’s efforts to improve the brand image of Hyderabad internationally. The representatives of Reliance assured the chief minister of meeting the deadlines. They said around `4,100 crore were being spent for providing WiFi services in Telangana.
Reliance is laying 1,700 km long OFC lines in Hyderabad as part of the project. Lines have been laid for 500 km so far.
■ 37 municipalities, 6 corporations to get 4G in phase I
■ Phase II to cover other cities, towns and 220 mandal HQs
■ Entire state to have WiFi by end of phase III
Hyderabad, July 20:
In a fresh drive to promote industries and attract investments in Telangana, the Government will make available about 3 lakh acres, said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
The Government will also create infrastructure facility on these lands. In addition, a ‘Zero Corruption Industrial Policy’ would be unveiled shortly, he told a visiting US delegation.
The delegation included Arun M Kumar, Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, as well as Assistant Secretary for Global Markets - US Department of Commerce, John M McCaslin, and Micheal Mullins, Consul General, US Consulate General.
The Chief Minister reiterated that a chasing cell would be created in his office for expediting clearances. KCR discussed the possibilities of organising a joint Indo American summit some time later this year.
Hyderabad, Aug. 13:
Hyderabad is going to house the biggest start-up incubation space in the country. The new Government is planning to build 3.80 lakh square feet of incubation space in two locations in the State capital. First phase of the one of the two locations at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad) will be completed by the end of the year.
The State Government is calling it T-Hub or Technology incubation Hub. “The IIIT facility will have 80,000 sq ft of space for start-ups. At the second location, we will build three lakh square feet of space which will be positioned as an incubator of incubators,” Telangana Minister for Information Technology K Taraka Rama Rao has said.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said the incubation centre at IIIT would house 400 start-ups. The standalone centre, which will come up in the second phase, will provide space for all the stakeholders such as Nasscom 10,000 start-ups initiative, funding agencies and start-ups.
“We would like to make Hyderabad the start-up capital of India,” he said.
The Minister said the August Fest to be held on August 30 and 31 would act as a run-up for the establishment of the T-Hub. About 1,500 start-ups, over 100 investment funds, artists, short-film makers, entrepreneurs, start-up mentors would are expected to take part in the two-day event scheduled to be held at the Indian School of Business.