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IT / ITES

Maharashtra accounts for more than 30 percent of the country's software exports, with over 1,200 software units based in the State, thus providing a familiar and friendly environment for the IT companies. The Government of Maharashtra has recognised IT industry as an important thrust area in the State. It is largely focusing on providing IT related infrastructure, fiscal incentives to IT units, IT in governance and institutional framework for the IT sector. These initiatives have enabled the IT industry of the State to establish a firm foundation for itself in the country. The whole State has been connected through an Optical Fibre Cable Network and a statewide network of competent training institutions have been established for building a pool of world-class IT professionals, in order to provide strength and support to the IT industry in the State. Besides, the State Government has framed an IT policy so as to make Maharashtra the most favoured destination for investments in the IT and ITES industry.

The Government has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote further development of IT/ITES sector in the state. The steps include formulation of a progressive sector-specific policy, development of IT parks and the knowledge corridor. In order to provide further impetus to the IT industry, Government of Maharashtra has set up several state-of-the-art IT parks within the State. These IT parks provide a perfect base of operations for the best international and national IT houses. The most prominent Information Technology Parks in Maharashtra are:-

Talawade IT Park, Dehu-Moshi Road, Pune.
Millennium Business Park (MBP), Navi Mumbai
Hinjewadi IT Park Phase I, Hinjewadi, Pune
Hinjewadi IT Park Phase II, Hinjewadi, Pune
Kolhapur IT Park, Kolhapur
Sangli IT Park, Vishrambag, Sangli
Nagpur IT Park, Nagpur
Deogiri Infotech Park, Aurangabad
Kharadi IT Park, Kharadi, Pune

Maharashtra possesses distinct competitive advantages that facilitate further development of the IT/ITES sector in the state. These include:

40 per cent of India's Internet users
35 per cent of PC penetration in the country
169,000 trained technical personnel added to the manpower pool each year
Development of a large number of IT parks in both the public and private sector

Besides, the Mumbai-Pune Knowledge Corridor is fast emerging as the IT hub of the country. It is a six lane, dual carriage expressway built to link the two cities of Mumbai and Pune. These two cities provide the best infrastructure in terms of housing, education, transport and power, making them the perfect hosts for the IT industry.

Prominent IT players present in the state include Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Technologies, Wipro, Patni Computers, i-Flex Technologies, Veritas. BPO centres of large national and international players have also come up in a big way in the state. These include LG, HSBC, Aviva, vCustomer, Xansa, EDS and e-Gain, among others.