Pune techies demand better facilities at IT hub Hinjewadi

Our Bureau Pune | Updated on November 17, 2017

IT professionals standing outside the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Pune as a part of Hinjewadi First, a drive of IT hub’s Industries Association.

Several hundred techies who work in a host of companies at Pune's leading IT hub Hinjewadi have initiated Hinjewadi First, a campaign to draw the State government's attention to the deficiencies in the infrastructure, traffic management and security at the high profile location.

As of today, the 2000-odd acre Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, which houses luminaries such as Infosys, Wipro, TCS, IBM and Tech Mahindra amongst others provides direct employment to nearly 70,000 software professionals.

Last year, exports from here were valued at $4 billion, which was nearly 7 per cent of India's total IT exports.

Host of activities

Organised under the aegis of the 37-member strong Hinjewadi Industries Association (HIA), the campaign kicked off today with employees emerging from their offices holding banners asking for better facilities.

Mr Mritunjay Singh, Head, Development Centre, Pune, for Infosys Technologies and President, HIA, said the association will a host activities over the next three months to highlight the deficiencies and prepare a blueprint on areas that need improvement, taking into account the growth in employee strength and residents over the next few years.

According to him, the IT exports from Hinjewadi are projected to touch $8 billion in the next three to four years, and this will escalate the problems.

Business district status

“We get support from the government for specific problems, but we are proposing that Hinjewadi be accorded the status of a Business District with an independent administrative set-up so that all issues of concern can be addressed by a single authority,” he said. Amongst the demands of the HIA is completion of Fire Station at Phase-III, development of more connecting roads to ease the traffic flow, better public transport, increasing the water storage capacity by 5000 cubic meters along with an alternate water line from Kasarsai Dam, improvement in pumping facilities and changing the old water line to new for reducing the downtime of water supply.

Published on June 10, 2011

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