When: 20 September 2013
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 20 September 2013 approved the setting up of Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) near Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
The ITIR, spread over 50000 acres, with an investment potential of about 2.19 lakh crore Rupees in Information Technology and Electronic Hardware manufacturing over 25 years.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Union Ministry of Urban Development and Union Ministry of Railways would initiate the detailed feasibility of the project.
The total investment for the ITIR will be about 2.19 lakh crore Rupees of which the IT or ITES (Information Technology or Information Technology Enabled Services) Sector is to attract investments.The major investment will be from Public-Private Partnerships.
Government of India has also proposed upgradation of three radial roads and extension of the Metro Rail from Falaknuma to Shamshabad International airport at total cost of 3275 crore Rupees.
The ITIR is expected to generate direct employment of 14.8 lakh and indirect employment of 55.9 lakh.
The ITIR will be implemented in two phases. The Phase I will from 2013 to 2018 and Phase II will be from 2018 to 2038.
The ITIR is expected to develop into a key industrial region IT, ITES and Electronic Hardware manufacturing sectors. Special consideration will be given to accommodate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the proposed ITIR.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has delineated an area of 202 sq. kms. for the proposed ITIR in three clusters.
(i) Cyberabad Development Area and its surroundings.
(ii) Hyderabad Airport Development area and Maheshwaram in the south of Hyderabad.
(iii) Uppal and Pocharam areas in eastern Hyderabad.
The CCEA had approved a Policy Resolution to set up Information Technology investment Regions (ITIRs) in different States and UTs in the country, to promote investment in IT or ITES and Electronic Manufacturing sector.
The ITIR policy visualizes that the State Government would play the lead role in setting up of the ITIRs. The infrastructure would be created or upgraded through Public-Private Partnerships to the extent possible.
As per the policy, Central Government will provide the necessary viability gap funding for external physical infrastructure through existing schemes. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is the nodal Department of the Government of India to process proposals relating to setting up of ITIRs.