Speaking at the 24th national conference on e-governance here, Singh said Hyderabad will be considered for opening a space centre in future. “We are in the process of unlocking Indian space sector. We have also started involving private players. We already have some space centres in place and we are in the process of opening up more centres and certainly, Hyderabad is also in the queue,” the minister said.
He also said: “The kind of infrastructure it has and the kind of startup culture which already exists in Hyderabad, we would like to use it for enrichment of promotion of space technology.”
IT minister KT Rama Rao, who also spoke, urged the Centre to grant more electronics manufacturing clusters for Telangana. He also wanted the Centre to set up an Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) and reconsider the proposal of Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) project in Hyderabad.
Pointing out that Hyderabad is an aerospace and defence hub and that 30 per cent of the components for the Mars mission were contributed by MSMEs in the city, KTR appealed to Singh to sanction IN-SPACe for Hyderabad as well. The Centre has already sanctioned IN-SPACe for Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.
“IT and ITES exports of Telangana were Rs 57,000 crore in 2013-14 and they had increased to Rs 1.45 lakh crore by June 2020,” he added and said that Hyderabad is a progressive city and has the right infrastructure for increasing the exports of IT and ITES.
Citing the two electronics manufacturing clusters in the city which had already reached full capacity, KTR urged the Centre to sanction more electronics manufacturing clusters for Hyderabad.
At the conference, Telangana’s ‘mana isuka vahanam’ (my sand vehicle) by Centre for Good Governance won the silver award.