IT and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao has said that the state government has invested heavily in plug-and-play infrastructure in tier-2 cities such as Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, and Adilabad, and the companies should expand their operations to the tier-2 cities.
On Friday, the Minister said at the inauguration of L&T Infotech’s new office space at the L&T Metro Building in Hitec City here that “not all functions need to be done from here i.e., Hyderabad. There is plenty of work that can be pushed to tier-2 cities. The boys and girls from smaller towns have more fire in their belly. They don’t want to move to Bengaluru or Hyderabad or any other big metros unless there is a compulsive need.”
All of these cities have numerous good engineering and degree colleges, and the youth from tier-2 cities, in addition to having more zeal, want to prove themselves to themselves and the rest of the world. Rama Rao believes they should be given opportunities to compete. The Covid-19 pandemic taught that targets can be met even if people work from home, and metrics are unaffected if companies operate from two cities.
Rama Rao urged the companies to take advantage of the state government’s incentives for operating from tier-2 cities. He said, “Zoho has taken coding all the way to villages. Some of the key programmers of Zoho work from villages, not even from towns.”
In terms of infrastructure development in Hyderabad, he stated that an Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (eBRTS) from Nizampet to Financial District will be built, but it will take several years. He revealed that two more flyovers in the IT corridor are complete and will be inaugurated soon.
Despite a series of infrastructure developments, the Minister stated that there is a burden on urban infrastructure and that last-mile connectivity from metro stations should be increased. Encouraging people to use public transportation, Rama Rao stated that if the L&T Metro building’s stakeholders come forward, a similar skywalk to the one at Rajeha IT park can be built, and the State government will provide support.
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