Famous for its unique chappals and known for agro-based and forging industries, this prosperous Maharashtra district of Kolhapur has plans to take a leap into the Information Technology sector.
It has earmarked 200 acres of land in the district's Kagal industrial estate and has begun wooing the best in the IT business to set up shop there.
Kolhapur district collector Laxmikant Deshmukh is meeting the top managements of IT companies with a calling card. He had also hosted a delegation of software companies from Hyderabad and Bangalore at Pune and invited them to participate in the district's IT forays.
Deshmukh is now readying for a seminar in May to hardsell the district and why Kolhapur city was the best destination for their investment. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune were saturated and Kolhapur was ideal for expansion of IT sector.
Deshmukh said almost 15,000 students specialising in IT were passing out from three districts western Maharashtra -Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. The city itself has good educational institutional network.
"There will be employment for the local people," he said with IT units coming up. And for the IT companies, the city offers a competitive cost advantage vis-a-vis other cities of Maharashtra, he said. Already he in talks with NASSCOM and the recently formed IT Association of Kolhapur is providing a platform for IT professionals in the city.
*Well road and rail connectivity. Situated on NH 4 connecting Mumbai-Pune-Banglore.
*Renovated airport, to be built on BOT basis would be coming up in next three years.
*Cheaper land cost, lower salary structure and reasonable standard of living.
*Good weather conditions. Natural beauty and easy access to coastal area in Konkan region. Already known as a famous tourist spot in Maharashtra.