Last Sunday night, it was impossible to reach the Bangalore airport as the rain pounded the city and the waters were rising. And the infrastructure collapsed completely, leaving vital links to the city disrupted. And angry city residents could do nothing but be patient and wait for situation to normalise.
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Richmond Circle was a scene straight from hell. Most roads and city's all arteries are clogged.
The rains left many I-T firms inundated. Wipro office was inundated too. Office goers had a tough time.
The rains have wreaked havoc in the IT city at a time when there was a face-off between the Infosys mentor Narayanamurthy and the former Prime Minister H.D Deve Gowda about how the former has been indulging in land-grabbing and has not been concentrating on the Bangalore International Airport.
It began when the Wipro chief Azim Premji first raised an alarm about the deteriorating infrastructure in the city, lack of infrastructure facilities and lack of accommodation facilities. Recently, Bangalore was again in news for its astronomical hotel prices almost as high as London and Paris.With the row between N R Narayana Murthy and Deve Gowda escalating, the AP government has moved into top gear to woo Infosys to Hyderabad. The IT major already has a campus in Hyderabad's hi-tech district Cyberabad, but the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government is offering it land for a second. "Hyderabad is willing to host a larger Infosys facility," a senior AP government official said.
IT minister Sabita Indra Reddy said an Infosys team has already met Rajasekhara Reddy and sought about 100 acres. "We have agreed," the minister confirmed. Officials said an announcement could come within "ten days." This possibility comes barely two days after Wipro signed a deal with the AP government to set up its second software development centre in Hyderabad "within 12 months".
Under the deal, Wipro has been allotted 100 acres at below-market prices. An AP government team is likely to be active in Bangalore's annual four-day IT event, BangaloreIT.in, next week to win Infosys and other companies fed up with the collapsing infrastructure in the Garden City. "We (AP) are hosting a dinner at the BangaloreIT.in on Oct. 26.
If the Infosys deal is clinched, Wipro and Narayana Murthy's company will be the first IT firms to have a second campus in Hyderabad. Other companies like Microsoft, GE and Oracle have only single units here.
Hyderabad, however, has a long way to go before catching up with Bangalore. This is clear from software export figures. At Rs 8,270 crore in the last financial year, software exports from Hyderabad were less than a third of Rs Bangalore's 27,600 crore.
Gowda Wake Up atleast Now..