Few amenities to attract IT cos

Few amenities to attract IT cos
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Though the state government is seriously trying to establish IT sector in temple city, there are several hurdles to the IT companies to come to the third growing city in the state, after Vizag and Vijayawada. Mainly, it is lack of entertainment infrastructure in pilgrim city. 

- Currently there is no single mall, multiplex, amusement park available in Tirupati neither in government sector nor in private sector
- IT companies, tourists suffer in the absence of amusement facilities, says TCC president A Manjunath

Tirupati: Though the state government is seriously trying to establish IT sector in temple city, there are several hurdles to the IT companies to come to the third growing city in the state, after Vizag and Vijayawada. Mainly, it is lack of entertainment infrastructure in pilgrim city.

There has been no growth in IT in a big way here for three years. As the state declared Tirupati a two-tier city, the entrepreneurs are in dilemma to come here for establishing their new branches. The IT companies are anticipating minimum entertainment infrastructure in Tirupati for engaging their employees on weekends. Currently, there are no such facilities available here neither in government sector nor in private sector. So far, there is no single mall or multiplex theatre, branded food courts, restaurants like Vizag, Vijayawada and Hyderabad.

At the end of 2015, the government had formally launched IT incubation centre near Tirupati international airport. Similarly, IT department has started an IT tower called Ecogreen Towers. Here, two IT start-up companies only administrating their
activities at present.

According to sources in APICC and Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), there is only one proposal to construct one shopping mall with multiplex theatre in 3.5 acres space at Raithu Bazaar in TUDA site. The TUDA officials made a MoU with SPI cinema. Presently this proposal has been pending with government.

Meanwhile, there are two entertainment projects pending at Surappa Kasam (145 acres) and in Vedanthapuram (11.5 acres) on the city outskirts. Only one entertainment infra project (shopping mall, food courts) work commenced under private company at Tirumala bypass road. Speaking to The Hans India, Tirupati Chamber of Commerce (TCC) president A Manjunath said earlier they had given a representation to the then TTD EO Sambasiva Rao to create visiting spots and engagement activities by the Devasthanam.

“Not only IT companies, tourists are also suffering with lack of entertainment facilities in Tirupati, particularly there are no such good cinema halls, malls, restaurants and visiting parks. In this angle, Tirupati as a growing city two steps back in developmental track,” stated Manjunath.

K Nethaji

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