Minister of Industries, Commerce, and Information Technology, Mekapati Goutham Reddy has urged the NITI Aayog to consider facilitating a scheme similar to, or better than, the erstwhile Information Technology Investment Regions (ITIR), for implementation of IT concept cities planned in the state. Goutham Reddy on Friday met NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and explained to him that the state government envisioned creating IT Concept Cities, each in an extent of 2,000 – 3,000 acres, to enable significant cost advantage and speed of execution for the IT industry. Currently, these concept cities are proposed at Tirupati, Visakhapatnam and Anantapur.
The Minister said that the concept cities will also house all the ancillary requirements/ resources required for the IT industry to flourish – such as training institutes to ensure availability of skilled manpower to industry, connectivity to highways and airports, residential blocks with vibrant social infrastructure to enable walk-to-work concept, plug and play and co-working spaces for IT companies to commence operations immediately with the fastest approvals to reduce time to operations.
“The state government is in the process of identifying suitable partners to develop a master plan for the concept cities, the extent of budget required and is also exploring various avenues for a sustainable revenue model. In view of Andhra Pradesh being one of the youngest states in the country with a need for promoting the IT/ ITeS industry to generate employment for its citizens, I request you to consider facilitating a scheme similar/ better than the erstwhile Information Technology Investment Regions scheme, for implementation of these IT concept cities,” Goutham Reddy told Amitabh Kant.
He said that with the 4G revolution, the average data consumed by Indians jumped from 0.3 GB/month in 2014 to 12GB/month by 2019. With 5G adoption being around the corner, data consumption will further increase with the explosive rise in new technologies and use cases and it is estimated that it can create more than 1.5 lakh new jobs, the Minister said. In this context, he requested the ministry’s support in establishing a 5G testing lab in the state that will propagate new skills, educate the principles and inculcate engineering skills required for design, installing, commissioning, integrating, testing and network performance monitoring.
The AP State Skill Development Corporation will be the nodal agency to provide necessary support in setting up this centre, he said. “The Government of Andhra Pradesh firmly stands to provide pro-active administration, skilled and abundant manpower, and supportive policies to enable industrialization in the state. We have been consistently ranked#1 in State Reforms Action Plan DPIIT,” Goutham Reddy said.