Vizag's IT firms shift base temporarily to Rajahmundry

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Vizag, Oct 18: The IT firms in Vishakhapatnam, which was badly hit by Cyclone Hudhud, have shifted base temporarily to Rajahmundry , the nearest coastal town to Vizag, said a NIE report.

Cyclone Hudhud devastated Vizag entirely and the power supply in the coastal city is yet to be restored fully. Also, internet connectivity is also not back yet. According to the report, there is no clue when the power supply would be restored. 

Reportedly, the firms will come back to Visakhapatnam immediately after power is restored to Rushikonda IT Park.

According to the report, the IT companies which were earlier in Vizag, were under severe pressure from their clients in other countries to meet deadlines or pay for losses caused due to delay in completing projects. The companies, which lost most of their infrastructure in the disaster, were forced to set up temporary base in Rajahmundry, said the report.

"These companies could not have afforded to pay for the losses which is in crores of rupees particularly after facing the wrath of Hudhud. As many of these companies are small in size, it is easier for them to rent temporary offices in Rajahmundry rather than running offices on generators," the report said. 

"IT companies in Visakhapatnam have been working under tough circumstances. Despite our pleas to develop an alternative power supply line and internet connectivity, the government did not respond. Had it done so, we could have saved the business," said BV Prasad, secretary of Visakhapatnam IT Association, as quoted by the report.

Vishakhapatnam was the most affected region in the natural disaster. Government, relief agencies and locals are struggling to bring the city back to normalcy

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