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Date: 16-11-14

Karnataka continue to lead in IT growth

Karnataka continue to outperform other states in IT growth amid the recent reports on Infosys showing more interest in investing in Andhra Pradesh. In the recent financial year, Karnataka has a share of 38% of the total IT export of US$118 Billion, an increase of 5 % growth of share compared to year earlier. Srivatsa Krishna, IT Secretary, Dept. of information technology, Government of Karnataka was trying to explain with these facts to the attendees of Cebit India 2014, how Karnataka is way ahead of its competitors in IT domain. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was telling the audience they will do whatever it needed to further develop the IT industry in Karnataka.

But if you look at which city in Karnataka is leading, it is Bengaluru, the new name of Bangalore. If you compare the mighty Bengaluru with its nearest another city competitor in Karnataka (mostly Mysuru (old name Mysore)), Bengaluru is not few streets ahead but is too far-----ahead. Govt. of Karnataka needs to evaluate all the available alternatives to decongest Bengaluru. Bengaluru's infrastructure is like overloaded bus, too much for its capacity. The nearest towns Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur and Ramanagara and if any similar towns around Bangalore can be developed as quick extensions to Bengaluru, where the distance to Bengaluru from these towns is with in 70 Kms. But in most of these tier2/tier3 towns around Bangalore, there is a shortage of drinking water, even other basic facilities are no way comparable to Bengaluru. The Government of Karnataka need to improve the basic infrastructure in tier2/tier3 towns around Bangalore. Ring like high speed train link between these tier-2 towns is worth a lot by having it pass through Bengaluru city and international airport.

STPI, the power behind the IT growth in India is now focusing all its energy on "Make In India" policy. There was exclusive stalls at Cebit India 2014 displaying products which are made by India based companies. STPI's focus now is broader covering the more important electronics and semiconductor chips.

Bengaluru is now clearly heading to become global number one tech talent location, this is an opportunity for Karnataka to leverage for the overall growth of state.

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