Thursday, August 25, 2011

Local news - Four lane work from BHEL to Pudukottai Road

Recently, there was a news regarding BHEL, where the company had planned to improve logistics through improved road, train and leveraging port facilities. As a start to that goal, there seems to be work going on in laying a 4 way road connecting BHEL to Pudukottai road. This work, according to a local reporter, is going in full swing. There is a good chance this could form a part of the so called Ring road (Speculation at this point !! ).

If anyone has any picture or additional news on this, feel free to share.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Support from Cethar Vessles Chairman

It is good to hear that high profile Tiruchians like K. Subburaj, Chairman, Cethar Limited are showing outward support to achieve IT sector prominence in Trichy. More voices from other influential high level echelons is essential to drive the need point and gain traction. (Though it shouldn't have to be this difficult)


The call made by Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries' Association (TIDITSSIA) for making Tiruchi the second capital of the State has struck a chord with the industrial community.

Since Chief Minister Jayalalithaa represents Srirangam constituency, a secretariat bench functioning as the CM's camp office will hold a higher significance, the association president S. Sridharan said. Attributes of an international airport, vantage location and presence of quality educational institutions qualify Tiruchi for the status of second capital, he explained.

While there is no dearth of blue collared jobs, thanks to the presence of BHEL, the two ordnance factories, Golden Rock workshop, Cethar Limited, and other industries, a push to the IT sector will create opportunities for white collared jobs, according to the industrial community.

“Once the Chief Minister invites top IT players to start operations from Tiruchi, other developments will fall in place,” said K. Subburaj, Chairman, Cethar Limited.
Source: The Hindu

Friday, August 12, 2011

iLink Systems launches operation at Navalpattu

iLink Systems, an ISO and CMMI certified global software solutions provider, Microsoft Gold Level Partner, Preferred Vendor and winner of the 2011 Mobility partner of the year award, today announced the expansion of its Indian operations with the launch of new office at Trichy. The Trichy office will act as an additional offshore development center and can accommodate 50-100 resources.

The location of Trichy office is:
iLink Systems Pvt. Ltd
Office Area 7 & 8, First Level, ELCOT IT Park,
Navalpattu, Trichy – 620016

Heading the Trichy operations will be Ganesh Ramakrishnan, who has been recently hired by iLink Systems. Ganesh joins iLink from Yahoo where in his most recent role he had leadership responsibility for managing Yahoo’s search API transition - as part of the Yahoo!-Microsoft Search Alliance - over to Microsoft’s ad Center platform. Prior to Yahoo!, Ganesh has had extensive experience working for both product and services companies in a host of varied leadership roles executing projects for Fortune 500 clients across a broad range of vertical service lines. Ganesh also has service delivery experience working in multiple geographies –US, UK and India.

Headquartered in Bellevue WA, iLink also has offices at Fairfax VA, Atlanta GA, Palo Alto CA, Los Angeles CA, London, UK and Offshore development center at Chennai, India.

“Establishing an additional offshore development center is an important corporate milestone. As the demand for our services and solutions consistently growing, this additional center will complement the Chennai center in offshore delivery. Choosing Trichy as a location was tactical decision as it is becoming a new IT hub in southern India and has well reputed educational institutions in and around the surroundings” said Manigandan, VP of Operations, at iLink Systems, Inc.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tamil Nadu plans road shows to boost IT investment

While the below is a welcoming news, the laying of 120 feet road connectling IT Park to Pudukottai Highway would increase the marketing impact immensely. The Govt should also be transparent on the significant oustanding issues and a solid game plan to address them to earn the Business confidence. Trichy, naturally, has the virtue of it's locational advantage and is underutilizied. We will monitor how this effort turns out.

News from The Hindu as below:

In its bid to make Tamil Nadu a global IT hub after its success in attracting automobile majors, the state government has plans to conduct road shows across the state in coming weeks to attract more investors to Information Technology Special Economic Zones.

At present, eight IT-SEZs are being set up at Sholinganallur near Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai (two SEZs), Tirunelveli, Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Hosur. Total investment by government agency Electronic Corporation of India in these SEZs would be around Rs 532 crore.

Principal Secretary in the State Information Technology department Mr Santhosh Babu said, “We will be conducting road shows in various parts of the State. This will be to attract the companies looking to expand their presence in Tier-II cities.”

Mr Babu, earlier ELCOT Managing Director, said these initiatives would attract more employment in rural areas, resulting in people not traveling to major cities for a job.

Though road shows are mainly considered for “marketing purposes”, it would also help act as a platform for companies looking to expand their presence in Tier II locations, he said.

In the recent budget announcement, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Mr O Panneerselvam said the state has already become a global destination for IT and ITeS companies.

“Huge infrastructure was created in Tier II cities which will be put to full use by aggressively marketing available space to potential IT companies”, he had said, adding government would continue to facilitate growth of IT and ITeS firms.

Source: The Hindu


IT Park: Minister warns companies of cancellation

The State government would take steps to cancel the allotment of land given to private companies in the ELCOT Information Technology (IT) Park in Tiruchi if they do not start operations soon, the Minister for Information Technology R.B. Udayakumar said on Sunday.

No building had come up till now in the 43 acres of land allotted to 10 companies in the Tiruchi IT Park, he told reporters after inspecting the IT Park established at Navalpattu on the city's outskirts. The government had alienated to ELCOT 147.6 acres of land for the establishment of the Tiruchi IT Park.

The State government would look into the background of the companies which were yet to begin operations in the Tiruchi IT Park and issue notices, asking them to function soon. Necessary steps would be taken to cancel the land allotment if the companies fail to start operations, he said.

Accusing the DMK government of not selecting sites properly while establishing IT Parks in eight locations across the State, Mr. Udayakumar said none of the ELCOT IT Parks including the one at Chennai had begun to function.

“Children's parks”

The DMK government had neither provided proper infrastructure facilities nor made suitable arrangements for the IT Parks making it look like “children's parks,” he said.

Many multi-national companies were not interested in coming to Tamil Nadu during the DMK rule as they complained of not getting the right kind of cooperation.

Ground-level problems

The objective behind his inspection was to ascertain the ground-level problems and status of IT Parks and bring it to the notice of the Chief Minister.

Stating that the foundation for IT was laid during the AIADMK regime, he said all efforts were being taken by the present government to take Tamil Nadu a leading State in IT and e-governance. The AIADMK government was keen to provide all help to IT companies and those in the software business and was working with the objective of creating employment opportunities for the IT students and youth.

Efforts would also be taken to impart necessary IT-related training to students to enable them compete in the competitive environment.

The Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister N.R. Sivapathy, IT Secretary Santhosh Babu, ELCOT managing director Atul Anand, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan and officials accompanied the Minister.

Source : The Hindu