Thursday, December 23, 2004

Convention centre to come up near hi-tech city

Convention centre to come up near hi-tech city

The Hindu

BANGALORE, DEC. 22. The proposed hi-tech city is just getting savvy. The Bangalore Development Authority has drawn up plans to develop a self-contained convention centre on 150 acres of land adjoining the hi-tech city.

The convention centre will include a bus depot, railway station, international school, hotel, restaurants, exhibition complex and a fully networked conference hall. "Every need of an individual will be met at the convention centre. There is no need for a person to come out and look for facilities," the Commissioner of the authority, M.N. Vidyashankar, said.


Tenders for three packages to develop the hi-tech city and an express highway of 8.5 kilometres will be called for on December 27. The cost of the packages will be Rs. 40 crores and will involve the construction of two steel flyovers. The tender forms will be available online from January 4.

The hi-tech city, which will be developed on 222 acres of land, will be sold in area measuring 10, 15, 25, 50 and 100 acres through a bidding process to large and medium information technology and biotechnology firms.

In the second phase of tendering of the hi-tech city, internal roads, radial roads and development of plots will be taken up. The city will have its own water recycling plant set up at Rs. 490 crores. Silt will be removed from lakes in the area and the lakes will be developed.

To be located on Sarjapur-Hosur Road, the Rs. 390-crore project will be an integrated township with office, residential, educational and commercial facilities. "Companies which take up space for official purposes in the hi-tech city will have to buy residential areas as well," officials say.


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