A vision document had been prepared for the purpose and the administration was taking steps to set up an IT incubation centre.

The district administration is taking all steps to develop fully the IT special economic zones at Rushikonda and Gambheeram in Visakhapatnam district and the endeavour is to take IT exports from the city to Rs 7,000 crore by 2015, according to Mr Lav Agarwal, District Collector.

He was speaking here on Tuesday on the occasion of Andhra Pradesh Formation Day. He said a vision document had been prepared for the purpose and the administration was taking steps to set up an IT incubation centre. Further, the infrastructural facilities at Rushikonda and Gambheeram would be improved as sought by the industry.

Mr Agarwal said the administration, in association with the Visakhapatnam IT Association and the Confederation of Indian Industry, was making earnest efforts to attract the big IT companies to the city and promote Brand Vizag in the IT circles.

Further, he said, the district was on the growth path and 82 major industries and more than 5,000 micro, medium and small enterprises were in various stages of implementation. In the tourism sector, projects had been taken up with Rs 8.5 crore to improve the tourist spots in the city. Efforts were on to set up a tourism park on the Visakhapatnam-Bheemli beach road in 290 acres and also to develop a beach circuit.

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the administration had taken up 20 projects with an outlay of Rs 1,886 crore to improve infrastructure and civic amenities in Visakhapatnam city, he said. Seven of them had been completed spending Rs 143 crore. The bus rapid transit system project taken up at a cost of Rs 453 crore was being expedited in the two corridors, the Collector added.

(This article was published on November 1, 2011)
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