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IT industry will grow and flourish in Bangalore: Kumaraswamy

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Bangalore, Apr 6 (UNI) Brushing aside sharp criticism on Bangalore's infrastructure by some IT giants, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said IT industry and Brand Bangalore will grow, develop and flourish.

''Government is very clear in its agenda. We will do everything within our means'' to maintain Bangalore's brand, he said speaking at a three-day International ICT Conference held here by the World Customs Organisation.

Several measures had been initiated to promote IT industry in the City he said adding that a high tech city was coming up, off Sarjapur Road and an electronic Hardware Park was also being established in the vicinity of the new Bangalore International Airport at Devenahalli. Earth Stations and incubation Centres were also being built in satellite towns around the City, he added.

''Unfortunately Bangalore's infrastructure is being equated with problems associated with road and traffic'' he said adding that in other areas Bangalore's infrastructure was more than adequate. He especially highlighted the power scenario where the reliability factor on power supply had been enhanced to 99.01 per cent and said ''no other Metropolitan City in the country can compete with these figures''.

Efforts were on to further improve to reliability factor to 99.68 per cent, he said adding that the government would receive assistance from Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC).

He said more than Rs 500 crore had been spent on improving power distribution. Similarly another Rs 3384 crore had been received as loan from JBIC for augmenting water supply to the City.

He said fruits of development should spread to other cities in the State also and government was upgrading infrastructure in Tier two cities such as Mysore, Hubli, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Mangalore and Hassan to encourage IT industry tap talent pool there, he added.

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