The establishment of Pi Data Centre (PDC) at Mangalagiri in Guntur district with a total committed investment of ₹ 600 crore has set the tone for other companies to come to Amaravati.
The money that went into the establishment of PDC is the single largest investment so far in the IT and IT-Enabled Services (ITES) sectors in the region. However, PDC is going to be surpassed by HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest IT services company, for which 30 acres have been allotted in Amaravati. It has proposed to construct a development and training centre at an estimated cost of ₹ 1000 crore.
A few small IT firms have already set up shop in Vijayawada city and the IT Park at Mangalagiri. Besides, about 50,000 square feet of office space is being provided by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) on the Government ITI premises in Vijayawada.
These are all going to give a fillip to IT sector development in the capital region, and can create the size of employment desired by the government. Besides, according to official sources, efforts are underway to attract IT firms to Medha Towers at Gannavaram.
But, as a cluster, the IT Park at Mangalagiri has taken the lead with the establishment of PDC and PhyCare Services, a healthcare BPO, and another six IT/ITES companies are in the process of setting up their units there.
They include Vijayawada-based IT solutions provider and product developer Efftronics Systems Private Limited, which supplies data loggers to Indian Railways for its Integrated Passenger Information System.
“Many IT companies are keen on coming to Mangalagiri IT Park due to its biggest advantage, which is its geographical proximity to Vijayawada and Guntur which have a vast pool of talented youth and are well-connected to big cities,” an APIIC official told.
Gannavaram also has good potential, which the officials are trying to tap in the coming years.