Hyderabad: Several prestigious firms are coming forward to provide 4-G services to make Hyderabad a totally WiFi-enabled city. Information technology minister K.T. Rama Rao informed this to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at a review meeting on the IT and Investment Region (ITIR) Policy and measures to be taken to encourage investments and promote IT companies in Telangana.
The IT minister also said that the Telangana government plans to establish one of the largest incubators of India in Hyderabad for start-ups and make all of Hyderabad WiFi enabled. This incubator would be set up in collaboration with institutions like the International Institute of Information Technology and Indian School of Business, besides technology partners from the industry.
Mr K.T. Rama Rao suggested to the CM for establishment of an Institute of Innovation to train engineering students so that they are molded to compete with global standards. He suggested setting up a separate authority for the ITIR project that would work towards creating an exclusive hub for electronic hardware manufacturing units cluster.
During the review meeting on Tuesday, Mr Chandrasekhar Rao set the ball rolling towards providing all infrastructural facilities to the areas in and around the proposed ITIR region stating that the prestigious project would make Hyderabad the economic backbone of Telangana.
He asked the officials to hire the services of reputed consultants of international repute and draft a master plan to provide roads, electricity, underground drainage, transport, education and other basic amenities, duly connecting the Outer Ring Road and other radial roads.
The CM also sought details on the ITIR policy sanctioned by the Government of India for expansion of the IT hub beyond Gachibowli and Maheshwaram to Pocharam and other areas.
Mr Rao wanted officials of even the GHMC, HMDA, Water Board, APIIC, revenue, electricity, HMR and sports departments to be involved in preparation of the draft master plan by the expert internal-level agency.
Harpreet Singh, secretary, IT and communications department informed the CM that 90 per cent of the turnover of the IT sector was coming from Hyderabad with a total turnover of Rs 62,293 crore. Hyderabad is the second largest IT export ing city in the country.
The CM also reviewed various schemes that are being implemented by panchayat raj, rural development and rural water supply departments. He instructed officials to draft an action plan for improving roads, water supply, sewerage and other basic amenities in the state on top priority.
Raymond Peter, principal secretary, PR and RD said that 1,678 habitations are not connected with roads.
The CM asked officials to concentrate more on the supply of water from irrigation projects, minor irrigation tanks and canals through natural gravity instead of lifting water....