Contrary to fears of the state receiving cold shoulder from investors, a senior government official on Wednesday said that several potential investors are ready to invest in the information technology (IT) industry.
Speaking to this daily, managing director of Infotech Corporation of Goa (ITG) Pravin Volvotkar said that many companies are interested in setting up offices in the proposed Chimbel IT Park.
“Investors are approaching us and the government is in talks with them,” he said when asked about the project being on the radar.
On the progress of the IT Park, he said that the government will soon float a tender for construction of the startup village. “The architecture design of the village has been submitted by Delhi-based Rudrabhishek Enterprises, an urban development and infrastructure consultancy company, and the design is being finalised,” said Volvotkar.
He said that the startup village will comprise of two buildings over ten acres of land. “In the first phase of the IT Park, a total of 1.33 lakh square metres of land are earmarked for development of which construction will come up on ten acres,” he said. The entire Chimbel IT Park covers around 4.49 lakh square metres of land but the government is developing the park in phases.
The Chimbel IT Park and the Electronic City at Tuem are the two projects currently showcased by the state government to bring IT investors to the state. According to the government, companies like Aequs, Optel Vision, GIT Electronics and Smartlink Network Systems are interested in setting up units in Tuem.
Both the projects, IT Park and Electronic City, once completed, are expected to create jobs for 5,000-6,000 people over a period of five years. The ITG is implementing both the projects.