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Tower boost to IT sector

Bhubaneswar, Feb 26: The state government today inaugurated the Odisha Computer Application Centre Tower to boost Odisha’s information technology infrastructure.

With a built up area of 2.3lakh sqft, the tower has been built at a cost of Rs 46 crore.

An official in the IT department said that as many as 19 micro, small and medium enterprises related to IT have applied to start their operation from the new building.

Besides, 36 start-up units have also applied for space in the seven-storey swanky building built behind the Odisha Computer Application Centre building.

While the ground floor has provisions of bank ATMs, conference hall, food court, cafeteria and gymnasium, the second floor has well-furnished incubation centres for the start-up units.

An official claimed that this was the only building in the state with provision for uninterrupted power supply with a battery back-up system.

The centrally air-conditioned building also has basement parking facility, which can accommodate around 80 four wheelers.

The building has been constructed by Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.

“When other big cities have already become saturated, Odisha has a tremendous potential to attract IT-related investments. Before that, we have to ensure the infrastructure needed for IT development in the state. Today’s initiative was the beginning towards strengthening our infrastructure,” said IT minister Pratap Keshari Deb.

An IT department official said that the occupants of the building would avail incentives on rental for start up units according to the provisions of the Information Communication Technology Policy, 2014.

“The rent subsidy can 80 per cent at the most,” said an IT official. To get accommodation at the tower, one will have to shell out Rs 55 per square feet.

According to the ICT Policy 2014, the state government has set a target to have 10 leading IT and information technology-enabled service (ITES) companies and five leading electronic system design and manufacturing companies in the state.

Besides, the policy is aimed at direct employment generation for 60,000 professionals along with a turnover of Rs 24,000 crore by 2020.

At present, a number of IT companies, including Wipro and Infosys, are in operation in the state.

To promote such investments, the state government has established IT special economic zones at Infocity and the second one is being established at Infovalley in Bhubaneswar.

In October last year, the state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with Software Technology Park of India, an organisation under the Union ministry of communications and information technology, for setting up a tech park in Balasore.

According to the MoU, the state government would provide 10,000 sqft built-up space, three acres of land and Rs 1 crore grant for the Balasore facility.