Central team to visit soon for talks on ITIR implementation

Central team to visit soon for talks on ITIR implementation

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 26, 2011 20:51 hrs

A delegation of the Department of Information Technology, Government of India (GoI) will visit Orissa soon in connection with the implementation of the information technology investment region (ITIR) proposed in the state.

"A Central team would be visiting Orissa soon to discuss on the implementation of the ITIR project. The state government has already sent the final report to the Centre in this regard. We have also complied with some queries of the Department of IT, GoI related to rehabilitation of displaced people for this project”, a top official source told Business Standard.

The implementation of the proposed Information Technology (IT) investment region in the state will involve a cost of Rs 17,883 crore.

The IT investment region would generate jobs for 0.23 million people and accommodate a population of around 0.54 million. More than 75 per cent of the investment will be made on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

The state government has already submitted the final report on the proposed IT investment region prepared by IL&FS-Infrastructure Development Corporation (IL&FS-IDC) to the Government of India. Besides Orissa, the IT investment regions are set to come up in the states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

The project, which is expected to be fully operational by 2020, will be developed on an area of 40 sq km (around 10,000 acres) between Bhubaneswar and Khurda.

In the final project report on the ITIR, IL&FS-IDC had included among other things an airport, a global IT training centre, a bio-tech park and a science city spread over 350 acres.

The airport is proposed to come up on an area of about 2,300 acres close to the site of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Orissa which is being built over 900 acres of land at Jatni, about 20 km from the city.

The Infocity-II project being set up by the state government over 600 acres of land at Janla on the outskirts of the city would also be a part of the IT investment region.

The ITIR would be set up in two phases out of which 20 per cent of the investment would be committed for the first phase while the balance 80 per cent of the investment will be in the second phase.

While the Centre was to provide external infrastructure for the project in the form of roads, the onus was on the state government to acquire land for the project.

Around 40 per cent of the area of the ITIR would be earmarked for the processing units of information technology (IT) and ITes sectors (IT enabled services) as well as electronics and hardware manufacturing units.

The remaining 60 per cent of the area in the region would be devoted to the non-processing facilities like research and development centre, technological institutes of national and international repute.

This apart, there would be a central business district, an integrated township comprising social infrastructure facilities like schools, hospitals and shopping malls and external infrastructure like roads.

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