Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao launched “Retrofitting Programme (5-point programme) for Information Technology Parks in Cyberabad Zone of TSIIC”. He unveiled an information brochure in a special function at Tech Mahindra Auditorium, Hi-Tech City Phase-II, Madhapur.
The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) in technical cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH launched this first-of-its-kind and novel initiative.
KCR described saying, “It is a wonderful initiative. We need to go green in all aspects, and not just five areas identified under this program. GIZ has ten years of work experience. They worked with 35 industrial Parks around Hyderabad. German Government has already pledged a support of Rs 10crore grant to GIZ to study, adapt and implement climate changes and impacts on these parks.
To encourage more IT parks go for Retrofitting, Telangana Government announced a fund of Rs 5 Lakh as incentive to each IT park to appoint a consultant or an expert to advise them on Retrofitting. Cyberabad has 124 buildings and we will see to it that all these buildings are retrofitted so as to make them accessible to physically challenged people. Currently three hundred IT employees are commuting to their workplaces on their bicycles. We want to encourage Cycle to work concept. We will see to it that this three hundred number will increase to 2000 in next one year. Our vision is to see that nearly 25% of IT workforce bicycle to their workplace.
Hyderabad can boast of an excellent outer ring road. It is the wish of bicycling lovers and community in the city that a bicycle track is constructed along the lines of adjacent service road to this ring road. So that city can host some international Cycling events. We are looking into this if that is possible.
Our government is doing everything in its capacity, not just Retrofitting. We also launch heavily a drive to increase green cover. Our endeavor is to see that Telangana is not just developed industrially but also environmentally improves. It is the wish of our Chief Minister that 200crore saplings are planted across Telangana state in next one year.”
Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older system. The Retro-fitting Programme (5-point programme) for IT Parks of Cyberabad Zone aims to improve the sustainable development of Industrial Parks of TSIIC and Cyberabad Zone to take an initiative towards achieving this goal informed Jayesh Ranjan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of TSIIC in his welcome address. The 5-point programme includes Retrofitting existing buildings into Green Buildings, Barrier Free Workspace and Zero Waste Buildings; Solid Waste Management in the Industrial Park, including E-waste management; Promotion of “Cycle to Work”; Increasing Green Cover in the Industrial Parks and Storm-Water Management and Rain Water Harvesting.