Stressing the need for boosting IT industry through supportive infrastructure in Mysuru, Global CEO and Co-founder of Software Paradigms International (SPI) Sid Mookerji sought government’s active intervention in making Mysuru a key IT exporter.He was speaking at the open house discussion on ‘IT Industries & Infrastructure in Mysore – A Cohesive Move’ on Friday. The session was organised by SDMIMD and Chair Yi Mysuru Chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).“There is an immense scope for IT growth in Mysuru. With Mysuru’s IT export already being Rs 6,000 crore a year, there could be a significant growth in numbers if the government provided suitable business environment and supportive infrastructure including air, rail and road connectivity,” Sid said.
Sid added, “Most of the IT growth from Mysuru is coming from the existing companies while the city is not attracting new players in the sector. Once the infrastructure is provided on par with Bengaluru, more companies might consider Mysuru as their base.”Every year, the turnout of Indian IT industry is 118 billion dollars; Karnataka is the leader in IT export with the total export is Rs 80,000 crore, most of which coming from Bengaluru.“The IT industry is the largest private sector employer employing 3.1 million people across the country. Every year, over more than 45,000 people graduate from Bengaluru while nearly 15,000 from Mysuru,” Sid pointed out.
Convenor, IT Panel, CII Mysuru, Bhaskar Kalale observed that public administration and the industry’s collaboration ought to go a long way in building brand Mysuru. “Besides, on the lines of IT Park in Bengaluru, an IT-dedicated park should also come up in Mysuru to attract big IT giants. To promote IT in Mysuru, road shows in Bengaluru should also be conducted,” he suggested, adding, “For a better IT growth in Mysuru, collaboration between industry and institution is need of the hour.” Citing lack of connectivity between Mysuru and Bengaluru as the main hindrance coming in the way of IT growth in Mysuru, Chairman, CII Mysuru, N Muthukumar said there was no hope for resuming of air connectivity at least for four years.
“The proposed six-lane between Mysuru and Bengaluru will take more years while the work on 20-km stretch on Mysuru-Nanjangud is going on since three years. The only connectivity which can be a reality is the double line electrical track between Mysuru and Bengaluru. According to Divisional Railway Manager of Mysuru, by the end of this year, Mysuru–Bengaluru will have double line electrical line which will help one reach Bengaluru in two hours,” he said.Deputy Director, SDMIMD, Gayathri also spoke on the occasion.