Chief Secretary SP Tucker said that Vizag will be developed as an IT and tourism hub. He held a brainstorming session with the senior officials and representatives from IT and tourism firms here on Friday, to chalk out course of action.
Speaking on the occasion, Tucker said that the State government was giving utmost importance for developing IT sector and tourism, which would create employment opportunities apart from generating revenue. Accordingly he sought the officials to implement the policies envisaged by the government and provide the basic infrastructure required for the two sectors.
The representatives of the IT industry were asked to provide details on the subsidies and incentives, they were expecting so that he could place them in the ensuing cabinet meeting.
In order to fasten the process of development, Tucker said that the head offices of both IT and tourism would be shifted to Visakhapatnam, soon. “As of now only 19,000 people were working in the IT sector, here and if the sector would be developed as per government plans, there would be scope for employment of more than one lakh people,” he added.
CS said that as much as 20 lakh square feet of land was required to develop infrastructure and directed the district officials to identify land for the same. He said that 30,000 sq ft space would be available in MVP Colony and Seethammadhara as the VUDA building s there were nearing completion. When the Collector told him that the houses built by housing board are unoccupied, the CS instructed him to make necessary arrangements to make them temporary accommodation for IT companies.
Tucker enquired about the undeveloped sites in IT SEZ and asked the zonal manager to take back the lands, if the companies were reluctant to develop industries. He also suggested that skill development training should be imparted to at least five students from every college in the district.
Regarding development of tourism, he asked the GVMC Commissioner Praveen Kumar and VUDA vice chairman T Baburao Naidu to create infrastructure for developing new resorts and hotels. “Special focus should also be made on the heritage structure like Kerala tourism to attract domestic and foreign tourists,” he added.