HYDERABAD: Post bifurcation, people have grown familiar with the term ?smart city', courtesy chief ministers K Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu, who have been harping on it.
IT experts in the city opined that the idea of a ?smart city', that is, urban services integrated through information technology, will facilitate better integration of services. "Before bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh was the country's largest contributor to the IT sector in the country. In a smart city, all the departments which contribute to the functioning of a city are interlinked by means of computers and the internet, bridging the gap between the comprehensive institutional mechanisms for easier functioning," said Arindam Guha, senior director, Deloitte India.
Recently, minister for information technology, K T Rama Rao, said that Hyderabad would be made a Wi-Fi enabled city, an initiative welcomed by Guha and other experts. There are several private institutions vying to provide services in the city, they said. "Since there are a lot of tech-savvy people in the IT corridor, it would be a good initiative. But there must be enough traffic in the network to justify the investment in the project," Guha added.
On the future of IT companies in the twin states, experts said tech companies are now increasingly looking towards setting up shop in tier-2 cities, especially in and around Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. "Cities would have to become urban centres where IT professionals can live and migrate. It is important to have proper rail, road and air connectivity, which will create a supportive system for the companies to thrive in," Guha said. Both states are in dire need of educational institutions to provide the tech companies with the required human resource, he added.