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Delhi Govt urges DSIIDC to set up IT Corporation

Delhi Govt has asked Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation to set up an IT Corporation, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 21:19 IST

Lagging way behind the NCR towns of Gurgaon and Noida in the field of information technology, the Delhi government has asked the Delhi State Industrial and InfrastructureDevelopment Corporation (DSIIDC) to set up an IT Corporation for the city.

The Delhi Cabinet took the decision for establishing the corporation last year followed by another earlier this year to chalk out the modalities of the new corporation. Ironically, most of the states of the country have a dedicated corporation for IT, except Delhi.

The Board of Directors of DSIIDC has now approved the acquisition of 15 per cent share of Orisson Infocom to enable it to get full control of Intelligent Communications Systems India Limited (ICSIL).

This will function as the IT Corporation of Delhi government witha minimum assured turnover of Rs 14 crore per annum initially. Secretary of the Information Technology Department of the Delhi government has been nominated as a Board member of DSIIDC to facilitate the entire process.

"This would give a new momentum to information technology in Delhi," DSIIDC Managing Director Jalaj Shrivastava told HT on Sunday. The MD said: "This would be the first time that Delhi would be venturing into the field with renewed vigour to match Gurgaon and Noida and outclass them in due course."

The roadmap of the new corporation would be ready by next month. "The IT Department gets a lot of work from NIC or other agencies. Out corporation would be able to handle most of the work in due course," said Shrivastava. In addition, IT companies would be promised facilities to set up their shop in Delhi. Getting IT related work like making software for clients would also be the mandate of the new corporation.

Delhi has only one IT park at present. Based at Shastri Park, the IT Park has been set up in collaboration with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. With the setting of a new corporation, Delhi is aiming to target the companies which want to shift base to the city. A separate policy for promoting IT related companies is also on the anvil.

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First Published: Nov 26, 2006 21:09 IST