To encourage investment in the BPO sector in non-metro cities, the State will undertake initiatives to ensure that the significant job creation potential in BPO is fairly distributed across the State.
- Destination Hubli The programme ‘Destination Hubli’ launched by the Government of Karnataka highlights the uniqueness of the State’s Hubli – Dharwad region in attracting investments in the BPO sector. Hubli, which is mid-way between Bangalore and Mumbai, has excellent connectivity and infrastructure with numerous arts, science, commerce, engineering, medical and other colleges. The Hubli IT Park in particular, provides 275,000sq.ft. of state-of-art space. This IT Park is completely self-sufficient with telecom connectivity and uninterrupted power supply. Two separate powerlines, one from the KPTCL Supply Station and another from a 66 KV Supply Station drawn with nderground cables are provided for the IT Park. This project was implemented by Larsen & Toubro and Asea Brown Boveri and is maintained by Richard Ellis. Belgaum, close to Hubli, also offers excellent facilities for BPO companies.
- Mangalore, UdupiThis belt also offers an enviable number of well known engineering, medical and other colleges. Mangalore is connected to Mumbai [three daily flights] as well as to Bangalore. Infosys has a large operation in Mangalore employing over a 1000 people. In addition, Synopsys has set up a Chip Design Software Center in Manipal which is adjacent to Udupi. With a large Christian population, Mangalore has excellent resources for quality manpower development.
- MysoreMysore is just 150 kms from Bangalore and already has a large number of well-established IT companies with excellent road and rail connectivity to Bangalore. The city which embarked with a nominal export of US$ 18 Million. Infosys has set up a Leadership Training Institute in Mysore.
- Destination GulbargaThis city has everything going for it-educated manpower, efficient connectivity with Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai with a good number of colleges in medicine, engineering, arts and science.
- The IT Corridor project in Bangalore, initiated by the Department of IT along with the Bangalore Development Authority has been conceptualised by Jurong Town Corporation Pvt. Ltd. of Singapore. Occupying an area of 8,000 hectares, it is situated in between Whitefield and Electronics City. This Corridor project will provide extensive space and state-of-the-art facilities for the development of knowledge based industries. A special purpose vehical will be set up to implement the IT Corridor project.