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IT boom expected in Godavari districts.


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With special focus on IT sector in the last decade and the existence of both STPI under government of India and IT-SEZ sponsored by government of AP, in district headquarters city Kakinada, the IT activity is poised for more growth in two Godavari districts.

According to reliable information, a total 48 IT companies are existing in both the districts with bulk of the number in East Godavari. West Godavari shares three out of this total in Tanuku, the important industrial  town in West Godavari. Together all these units provide employment to the tune of 3,800  with bulk of  employment provision going in favour of InfoTech company to the tune of more than one fourth of the total.
Starting with a mere Rs 10 crore turnover during 2007-08 the activity of IT and IT enabled services picked up  10 times in the last decade and reached to Rs  126 crore  by 2014-15. Apart from US, UK , Canada  the  IT exports  made inroads into  European Union and Switzerland . In the present year, the turnover is  expected to  cross Rs 150 crore.
The incubation facility at  both STPI and IT SEZ  providing added fillip to the activity in these parts for  new companies to start the activity and  move out after gaining sufficient experience and grounding the activity.
The tire III Status to Kakinada and Rajahmundry and the availability of talent pool in the form of 81 professional colleges in  both the Godavari districts, besides  air, rail and  road  connectivity  also said to be added advantage  for development of IT activity. In addition to this, the cost factor also said to be an added advantage.
STPI Joint Director Suresh Batha moots for  incubation facility  in professional colleges  which will provide more exposure to the student community on IT  activities.
When contacted,  former vice chancellor of JNTU-K  and renowned  IT expert Dr Allam Apapa Rao suggests for sops like tax benefits,   power tariff benefits, land allotment and allied sops will be more helpful for  entrepreneurs to come forward for setting up new  units and development of  IT activity in these parts.
“It is a healthy sign that more freshers from colleges are coming forward for setting up units,” Dr Rao  said.
Source – http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2016-02-17/IT-boom-expected-in-Godavari-districts/207856

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