Shimla: It may be perhaps too late with recession clouds threatening the IT sector the most, but the Himachal Pradesh government anyway finally gave its nod for setting up state’s first information technology park at Waknaghat on Tuesday. The project was initially mooted at least two years back, and had since then hanging fire. The project had, in fact, invited criticism from locals, especially those in property business, as the government had enforced a freeze on sale and purchase of land in the area to avoid haphazard construction around the proposed IT park.
The state government had earlier planned to set up IT parks at Waknaghat in Solan district, Palampur and Nurpur in Kangra district and Dalhousie in Chamba district. Dhumal cleared the proposal and approved the proposed guidelines under Rule 10-A and 10-B of the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Rules, 1978, for development of Information Technology Park in Waknaghat planning area in district Solan.
The park is said to be planned over 106 acres of land out of which the government has so far acquired 76 acres in four different chunks – at Waknaghat of which 9 acres is located on the highway leading to Shimla at Dumeha while 13 acres is located at a distance of 3 kms from the highway, 32 acres at a distance of 5 kms from the highway and remaining 12 acres falls on link road from Solan to Waknaghat.
The initial expenditure on the project is said to be Rs 500 crore. The land would be offered to the bidding company on long term lease basis. At least 12 companies have shown interest in providing consultancy for setting up the park. The park is expected to provide employment to over 13,421 persons out of which 11,855 will be in the information technology sector and the rest in non-IT jobs.