Tirupati turning into IT hub

Tirupati turning into IT hub
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The world famous temple city Tirupati is emerging as Information technology (IT), electronic and manufacturing hub thanks to government initiatives in attracting investors with an ultimate aim of developing it as a mega city after Amaravati and Vizag in the state.

Tirupati: The world famous temple city Tirupati is emerging as Information technology (IT), electronic and manufacturing hub thanks to government initiatives in attracting investors with an ultimate aim of developing it as a mega city after Amaravati and Vizag in the state.

At the end of 2015 the government had formally launched the IT incubation centre at IT SEZ near International Airport, Renigunta, heralding a new era boosting up IT activities which was geared up in temple city. IT department has started an IT tower titled “Ecogreen Towers” at Karakambadi Road.

Highlights:

  • 5 software companies and 18 startups land in Tirupati
  • Celkon mobile company starts its production
  • Micromax and four more India and China mobile companies will start operation soon
  • State government established an Eco green IT tower near Karakambadi
  • 10, 000 SFT space is ready at Renigunta Incubation centre for new startups

Five IT software companies like AGS Health, Parikar and three more are functioning at present in the tower providing jobs to 250 IT graduates. The state government is expecting 10 more companies from Bangalore and Chennai to set up their units here as back up facility for them to carrying their activities from the temple city in the coming years.

As part of IT development programme, state IT department has established a new IT park at Renigunta in 149 acres of land with state-of-the-art infrastructure. The IT Park near Tirupati International Airport is a geographical advantage for IT professionals. Here IT department has started an IT incubation centre with 10,000 SFT space complex under the mentorship of 7 INQ company.

At present 18 startup companies are running their operations since one year. Some companies are working physically and a few companies are on virtual basis.Adjacent to IT Park, APIIC developed `Electronic Mobile Manufacturing cluster’ (EMC) in 500 acre land also near the airport and created infrastructure for mobile manufacturing companies.

Already Telugu states based mobile company Celkon had launched production, one month back its smart feature phones, employing 500 local unemployed youth for technical and non technical jobs. Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and two more mobile companies from China will start their production soon here.

Speaking to the Hans on Tirupati transforming as a IT hub, Chief Operating officer of the incubation companies mentor 7INQ P Hari Muralidhar said “incubation centre and IT tower were established by the Government in highly congenial industrial climate and with best telecom infrastructure, excellent road, train and air connectivity, with quality, uninterrupted power supply for industries and companies”. We are providing free legal, accounting and other business services to startup companies which operate from Tirupati Incubation centre. And we are bringing investors for beginning startup companies’ the COO added.
He mentioned that with the phase two of incubation center expansion plans are afoot to build multiple locations at Tirupati, which shall offer private, furnished space, ultra modern tech labs and conference room facilities. He however observed there is one drawback for IT companies in Tirupati that is lack of entertainment. Recreation facilities like Imax Theatre, food courts, shopping malls etc. for techies to spend their week end is must and the government should fulfill these needs also.

Another major initiative is development of `Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Cluster (EHMC), also near International airport, under Vikruthamala village. EHMC set up in an area of 504 acres include Electronic Products Manufacturing Zone, Electronic Component Manufacturing Zone, Semi conductor designing, EMS and R and zone is sure to change the face of the city into an IT and electronic hub.

This apart, recently the government had developed a ceramic ware manufacturing zone located in between Srikalahasti and B N Kandriga where many leading ceramic manufacturers’ wares were allotted land for setting up their units. While, the two wheeler giant Hero MotoCorp which has set up its Rs 800 crore unit in Satyavedu mandal is planning to start production in December 2018. In the first phase five lakh units per annum are proposed and in the second phase 2020 another five lakh vehicles are to be rolled out.

By K Nethaji

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