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Kolhapur: The emerging hotspot on IT highway


Kolhapur: The emerging hotspot on IT highway

Kolhapur: The emerging hotspot on IT highway
Samrat Phadnis, TNN | Oct 6, 2013, 01.10 AM IST

KOLHAPUR: The city, known for fuelling fortunes from the region’s lush sugarcane fields, is set to get a new identity. The civic administration is currently drafting a proposal to allot five acres of land for developing an Information Technology (IT) park, the first-of-its-kind in the region.

Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) officials said that the proposal is based largely on the demand from the IT association of Kolhapur (ITAK). The final proposal for allotting land, by ensuring change in reservation, will be presented before the general body meeting in a month.

The information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITES) industries in Kolhapur are keen to set up the software hub in the city, which lies along the tech-heavy Pune-Bangalore corridor. The present business of IT and ITES in the city will be doubled and reach to Rs 200 crore in two years after the IT park comes up.

“We have accepted the proposal, especially because IT is a less-polluting industry. However, it will take time to go through the processes such as identifying land space, removing the existing land reservation and then allotting it to the ITAK. What we can immediately do is to present it before elected members and then the proposal can be sent to the urban development department to remove the reservation of selected land,” Vijayalakshami Bidari, KMC commissioner, said.

The ITAK submitted a proposal to the KMC last month, following which, the civic administration has taken speedy steps and has been looking for the land space available in the city. The admin is preparing a proposal to allot the land space to ITAK at ready-reckoner rate.

The proposal seeks development of the software-hardware industry; especially serving the domestic needs of cooperative, banking, industry, education, trade, agro and textile industries around the city. The proposal draws heavily from the state IT policy of 2009.

The proposed IT park of 5 acres will give a chance to the entrepreneurs scattered through the region to work under one roof. The park also has a potential to generate employment for 6,000 people. The maximum size of the plot in the park is 5,000 sq ft and lowest plot will be of 1,000 sq ft, to accommodate maximum number of entrepreneurs. ITKA has also proposed to establish a common facility centre to small entrepreneurs.

“We submitted the proposal to the municipal commissioner couple of weeks ago. Last week, we had a long meeting with KMC officials and the town planning department to discuss the probable location for the park,” said Shantaram Surve, ITAK IT park committee chairman.

Vinay Gupte, chairman of ITAK, said that the electricity, broadband connectivity and land value are affordable and convenient in the city for the budding entrepreneurs. Speaking from his experience of the last two decades, Gupte said that there is abundant skilled human resource available in the region to cater to the IT park requirement.

“I feel that there is huge potential in the regional domestic market to develop IT software. My firm is among the 20 such companies in the city, which develops software products for the domestic market,” Gupte said.

Kulbhushan Birnale, president of the Converse International Network, a joint venture between the Global Organization for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and the Dnyaneshwar Mulay Education Society (DMES), feels that the project would give a major boost to domestic IT industry.

“I think this is the right time for the local IT industry to expand. We cannot meet international levels without having sound local backup. We have lot of potential here and this can be explored through the project. Investment from the outside investors can come gradually,” he said.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolhapur/Kolhapur-The-emerging-hotspot-on-IT-highway/articleshow/23599184.cms?intenttarget=no

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