Saturday, December 3, 2011

Measures to rectify shortcomings in IT parks by January: Sengottaiyan

Issues relating to infrastructure shortcomings at the IT Parks in the State and the demands aired by entrepreneurs from the sector would be taken up with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, said K.A. Sengottaiyan, Minister for Information Technology.

“The IT Parks have not seen much growth after their inauguration during the previous regime. Steps will be taken to overcome the shortcomings so as to attract companies and make the parks fully operational,” Mr. Sengottaiyan said at a review meet after inspecting the Tiruchi IT Park at Navalpattu in the city on Saturday. He was accompanied by Santosh Babu, IT Secretary, and Atul Anand, Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT).

Demands for reducing the rent for built-up space and relaxation of the eligibility criteria that stipulates companies should have an annual turnover of Rs.1 crore for allotment of land at the ELCOT-promoted IT parks would be taken up with the Chief Minister.

Promising steps to improve infrastructure to meet the requirements of the companies, the Minister said a proposal for handing over a 5.2 km long road, which connects the Tiruchi IT Park with the Pudukottai Highway, to the Highways Department for development has been taken up with the Chief Minister. Development of this road would avoid a detour to reach the park.

Mr. Sengottaiyan indicated that measures to rectify the shortcomings in the IT parks would be in place by January.Mr. Santhosh Babu said the government was taking steps to strengthen infrastructure to promote the IT sector in the State.Mr. Atul Anand said IT exports from the State was expected to grow by 18 per cent this fiscal. The total IT exports from Tamil Nadu stood at Rs.45,000 crore in 2010-11, which was second only to Karnataka.

He disclosed that about 13,000 square feet of built-up space at the Tiruchi IT Park has been allotted to three companies. Seven companies have been allotted 20 acres of land. More companies have evinced interest in setting shop at the park.
HR & CE Minister M. Paranjothi said only two companies have commenced operations at the IT Park and the government was taking steps to ensure optimum utilisation of the available space.

Source The Hindu