Source - Deccan Herald
In its report “Karnataka’s Roadmap to Undisputed Global Leadership in ICT by 2020” submitted to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, the KICTG highlighted the need for repositioning brand Bangalore in the current scenario and, in turn, utilise the Bangalore brand to develop emerging ICT clusters in the State. It has recommended to develop Mysore, Shimoga, Tumkur, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum as ICT centres.
KICTG chairman T V Mohandas Pai suggested the government to allocate Rs 70,000 crores through its budget; seek Rs 70,000 crore grant from the Centre and raise another Rs 70,000 crores through user fees to mobilise resources to fund infrastructure development projects.
The Group has recommended a slew of steps for the much-needed upgrading of infrastructure in the State capital, including providing 250 kms of Metro rail connectivity by 2020; mandatory use of CNG for all public vehicles; remodeling of 900 traffic junctions; development of “satellite smart cities” at Hoskote, Devanahalli, Bidadi and Electronic City on private-public partnership model; developing elevated high speed travel corridors and introducing smart grid concepts to ensure effective power supply and use of treated water for non-potable uses.
Upgrading of infrastructure is among 10 initiatives suggested by the KICTG to achieve the target growth of Rs four lakh crore revenue from the ICT sector by 2020 from the existing Rs 1.35 lakh crores and, generate direct employment to 20.40 lakhs from the existing 8.30 lakhs.
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