Google to Invest 1,000 Crores in Hyderabad: KTR

  • First of its kind in Asia
  • Second only to America
  • Campus would provide jobs to around 13,000 people
  • Great achievement for Telangana
  • Street View application in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Telangana State IT Minister Rama Rao has stated that IT major Google has agreed to invest 1,000 crore rupees in Hyderabad in the coming four years.

On Tuesday, Google signed an MoU with the Telangana State to set up its campus in Hyderabad and is supposed to start before the summer of 2019. The minister and IT department secretary Jayesh Ranjan visited the Google’s head office at Mountain View in the USA today.

Speaking on the occasion, Google vice-president David Radkliff and Jayesh Ranjan inked the agreement. The company will establish its campus in two million square feet area at a cost of 1,000 crore rupees.

As per the MoU, the company is allocated 7.2 acres in Gachibowli, the main IT corridor of Hyderabad to build its own facility. This facility in Hyderabad, when fully built, would be one of the largest facilities globally with a built up space of about two Million sft, and one of the largest campus for the company globally outside of the United States.

The envisioned facility in Hyderabad will be Google’s first-ever own campus in India. With the establishment of campus for the first time in Asia, 13,000 people would get employment in the coming four years.

Rao said that the company’s representatives informed him that they would increase the employees’ number from the existing 6,500 to 13,000. The proposed campus will become the first campus in Asia.

Rao and the Secretary also had a meeting with Bram Bout, director for Google Education, Rajen Sheth, senior director for Product Management for Android and Chrome for Work and Education. The Minister discussed several plans for upgrading the educational standards and technology as a means to drive the education.

The Minister wanted Google to associate with the Telangana Government to support the ambitious Digital Telangana program, particularly the component that intends to promote digital literacy among school children.

Google was urged to utilize the CSR component for channeling the hardware infrastructure, content and training to the Government Schools across the State. The proposal resonates with Google’s ongoing efforts in the Chrome Notebook education model, which has already been piloted in four schools in Warangal district six months ago.

The delegation led by the Minister met with Google Street View team of Manik Gupta, director for Product Management and Narayana Tummala, Ground Truth Engineering Lead for Google. While Street View has been extensively used in USA, Canada and many European countries, its applications in India have been limited, so far.

Google has launched the application in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, etc in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India. The application is also brought into the National Gallery of Modern Art in India with a very high-resolution imagery.Google is in talks with Minister of Home affairs to get their permissions for conducting the application exercise at a citywide level. This permission is expected shortly.

Upon Rao’s request, Google has agreed to make Telangana the first state that would get Street View for one complete city namely Hyderabad, with subsequent extension to other major cities and towns.

Google has also agreed to support specific requests made by the minister to utilize the application for monitoring the deviations from approved building plans, property tax collection, mapping of industrial land bank located in different parts of the state, to name a few.

Getting this important commitment from Google to consider Telangana for piloting all their major initiatives in the country is seen as a major achievement for the state.

Google Fiber explored for Telangana

The delegation led by Rao detailed the Google team about the Water grid Project and how the same duct lines are going to be utilized to provide fiber optic cables to every household.

Google has embarked on a similar project called Google Fiberin eight cities in the USA such as Kansas City and Austin. The company has agreed to study the Telangana model in detail, through their country team in India, and explore the possibility of contributing to this project. (NSS)

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