December 13, 2017

Telangana asks Center to recognise broadband as utility

10 October 2017, 11:55 | Silvia Roy

IT Minister KT Rama Rao at the launch of i-Telangana an industry event. Source Twitter


Urging the Union government to make broadband as a "utility service" like electricity and phone services, IT Minister K T Rama Rao requested the Centre to make it mandatory for builders to ensure that every newly constructed building has internal ducts for inserting broadband cables.

It will be the largest such cluster globally for pharma industry and to be developed on the concept of "work, live, play", Mr. Rama Rao said, pointing out that besides facilities for manufacturing and R&D, the project comprises housing facilities for those employed in the units as well as a pharma university.

Pollution control measures and conservation of environment are top priority areas for the government, he said. Teams comprising officials of the State government had also visited pharma clusters in Europe, US, China and Singapore. A common effluent treatment plant would be set up.

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The salient features of the policy include a plan to set up a customs facilitation cell so that importing and exporting goods becomes easier, he said. Those whose land had been acquired would be entitled to a job.

The project is expected to generate employment to 4.2 lakh people directly (1.70 lakh) and indirectly, he said. The minister said that they have planned a Pharma City to accommodate all of them at one place he said.

"The estimated investments in pharma city are to the tune of almost Rs 64,000 crores", he told reporters here.

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Everybody who is losing land for pharma city will get appropriate compensation and a job in the project.

Rao said that the state had created the Telangana Fiber Grid Corporation Limited to build a broadband network to reach every home, institution and government office. The proposed City would be a comprehensive and integrated eco-system ranging from manufacturing, R&D, education and training.

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