Tamil Nadu spreads IT growth to tier-2 cities

Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: The Tamil Nadu government has decided to spread the growth of the IT industry by promoting six tier-2 cities to attract investments in the knowledge sector.

In a bid to ensure Chennai does not go the Bangalore way, the Tamil Nadu government Monday said it would set up IT parks in Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Salem, Tirunelveli and Hosur.

"We have proposed two types of IT parks in each of these cities - a tower type IT park and a campus type one. The tower type will be built on the lines of the Tidel Park in Chennai," Tamil Nadu IT secretary C. Chandramouli told reporters at the Bangalore IT.in event here.

"The first such park will come up in Coimbatore with one million square feet of space," he said.

The government proposes to convert the six IT parks into special economic zones (SEZs) in a phased manner. Large IT firms from India and abroad have applied for land/built-up space in the parks.

With road, rail and air connectivity, quality power supply and telecom infrastructure, the tier-2 cities are being developed to provide an eco-system for the growth of the IT industry in the state.

Global firms like Wipro, TCS and Robert Bosch have already set up their units in the IT specific SEZ in Coimbatore.

Source: IANS
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