AP plans to set up 6 IT hardware clusters with Rs 300-cr outlay
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AP plans to set up 6 IT hardware clusters with Rs 300-cr outlay

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government is preparing a plan to establish an animation and gaming park in Hyderabad.

The 25-acre facility will have plug-and-play office space for animation and gaming companies.
"We have asked four consultants to come out with design and financial outlay for the project," Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister for Information Technology, told Business Line.The consultants are expected to submit their proposals this week.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) will build the facility at Rayadurgam near here. The State Government is planning to pitch for at least six IT hardware parks for the State. In order to get funds from the Union Government under the national scheme to promote industrial clusters, the State will propose five clusters at Maheshwaram near Hyderabad and one at Visakhapatnam.

To be developed in 100 acres each, these clusters will be developed with an outlay of Rs 300 crore.The State would give Rs 50 lakh for companies that set up incubation centres for start-ups, he said. The Mee Seva (the Government-to-citizen service) programme would be expanded to all the 23 districts by the end of the month. Currently, it is being implemented in 17 districts, registering 55,000 transactions a day.

The crucial meeting on ITIR (Information Technology Investment Regions) will be held in New Delhi on July 23 and 24. The meeting of Secretaries will discuss the ITIR proposals from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The recommendations will be submitted to the Union Cabinet.
The Centre will provide funds to develop commercial and residential infrastructure in the proposed regions.

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the first two states to come up with proposals to claim the funds. Andhra Pradesh is planning to develop the region encompassing Uppal and other IT hubs in the State capital.
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