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Vizag will turn IT hub: CM

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PNS | Vijayawada

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated the Rs 35 crore Infosys Development Centre here on Monday. The IT giant’s unit, built with state-of-the-art facilities at the IT Hill No-2 at Madhurawada, will house 1,000 employees initially.

Addressing the Infosys staff on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Visakhapatnam, a happening city with good facilities, has the potential to become an IT hub city like Hyderabad and Bangalore soon. “Unfortunately, we had lost Hyderabad due to bifurcation. Nevertheless, Vizag is the biggest city in the State and has the high potential to catapult into a tier-one city. It is an education hub having eight universities including National Law University, four medical colleges, 14 engineering colleges, and 12 degree colleges besides several Public Sector Undertakings and Eastern Naval Command,” he said, adding that it also has strong port-based infrastructure.

He further said that the Bhogapuram International Airport will also be ready in another two years. The Chief Minister said he would be shifting to Visakhapatnam soon and the official machinery is looking for suitable accommodation.  “I am hoping to shift in October but the outer line is December for me to stay here,” he said.

Companies like TCS and Infosys can change the face of Information Technology, he said and added that more companies like Adani Data Centre and Submarine Cable Company from Singapore will soon come to the city spurring growth. “I hope Infosys will create wonders in the path of development taking the lead for other IT companies to arrive here,” he said and wished the company good luck in its endeavors.

He further assured the top management of the company that the Government was just a phone call away in case it needed any support. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the unit of Eugia Sterile at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City at Parawada in Anakapalle district and the second unit of the Laurus Labs at the Special Economic Zone at Atchutapuram.  He laid the foundation stone for a new unit of the Laurus Labs and flagged off beach cleaning machines procured by the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation. The machines will be operated on beaches at Visakhapatnam, Bheemunipatnam, and other nearby beaches.

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