Warangal second major hub for Telangana: KTR

Warangal has a unique combination of history and modernisation. Historically an agrarian economy, the city has opportunities in several sectors.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Jan 2018  4:01 pmUpdated: 11th Jan 2018  8:27 pm
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Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.

Hyderabad: Telangana government is keen to develop other cities in the State to augment economic growth. Warangal is seen as the second major city after Hyderabad where efforts will be made to tap its full potential.

The Gross District Domestic Product (GDDP) for Warangal Urban is Rs 10,012 crores and for Warangal Rural is Rs 7,963 crores in 2015-16. As per District Industries Centre data for both the Districts of Warangal, the total number of industrial units are 781, with 719 in Warangal Rural and 62 in Warangal Urban. The units are predominantly agro and food based. Minerals based industries are also operating.

Sharing what is in store for Warangal while unveiling a vision document brought out by CII, Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said, “We are keen to decentralise industrialisation across the State. The government is extending special incentives to industry that is investing in rural areas of the State. Districts that had been traditionally neglected in the past need attention. Warangal, Mahabubnagar and Adilabad have abundant potential to grow. All these are in a 2-2 ½ hours driving-distance. The way Bengaluru and Mysore complement each other, Hyderabad and Warangal can have similar synergies.”

Warangal has a unique combination of history and modernisation. Historically an agrarian economy, the city has opportunities in several sectors. With the Hyderabad Warangal Industrial Corridor, Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, there is scope for large employment generation. Women employment can significantly go up in the districts, he added.

In addition to the funds allocated for Warangal under Smart City initiative, Telangana government has also earmarked Rs 300 crore to create basic infrastructure. A special purpose vehicle is also being created towards the smart city development.

On the IT front, KTR pointed out there is industry interest to set up base in Warangal owing to the skill availability. Cyient is setting up a Maps Development Centre. An IT Park and incubation centre is also going to be developed soon.

CII Telangana chairman V Rajanna said, “Warangal Urban can become a potential hub for services sector including IT, ITeS, Tourism and Hospitality sectors while Warngal Rural is suitable for textiles and food processing. There is a need to enhance economic activity in these locations.”

The Government’s recent announcement of the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park is a significant move. The proposed ‘cotton-to-garment’ park will be set up in an area of 2,000 – 3,000 acres, with a vision to have a “fibre to fabric (end-to-end)” facility. Expected to garner investment of Rs 3,900 crores, employment creation potential is estimated at 75,000 jobs with over 25,000 direct jobs.

Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) has opened its regional centre in Warangal with the help of industry and other knowledge partners.

KTR appealed to IT majors such as TCS to set up operations in Warangal to boost both economy and jobs.

Creating infrastructure

The Industries Minister said that to improve connectivity, the State government will ensure that an airstrip will become functional in Warangal. A Korean delegation that has visited Hyderabad recently and met with the government has expressed interest in creating aviation infrastructure. Telangana government will soon visit Korea to take these discussions forward.

Government of India has earlier proposed to set up a rail coach factory in Warangal and the State government is pursuing with the Centre on this. The government is looking at multi-modal transportation infrastructure in the region. A high-speed rail network is also being explored. Central government cannot ignore vibrant metros as well as rural economic hubs.

KTR said, “There could be a day when someone living in Hyderabad will go to Warangal for work and vice-versa.”

Tapping tourism

There is immense potential in tourism in Warangal. And the government is keen to develop Yadadri that falls in the Hyderabad-Warangal circuit with a Rs 400 crore push make it a hub for religious tourism, KTR said.

The Minister opined that India has not been tapping the full potential the nation has in the tourism and hospitality sectors compared to many nations that are driven by tourism economy.

Vision document

Apex industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Telangana has commissioned a report titled “Warangal Vision Document: A Roadmap for Economic Development of Warangal (Rural & Urban)”. This document is a visioning exercise of the two districts of Warangal- Rural and Urban.

The report that was brought out in collaboration with Vantage Management Consulting points out the two districts have enormous potential which has not yet been tapped. They are indeed hidden diamonds of Telangana.

The report is primarily prepared with the objective to enhance Warangal’s contribution to the development of the State by making best use of its inherent strengths and also more importantly with a roadmap to bridge the existing gaps.

It says, following the Chief Minister’s vision of Bangaru Telangana, there is indeed a clear need for tier-II & tier-III cities/districts of the State to be developed into centres of enhanced economic activity. The city of Warangal with its proximity to Hyderabad and with over 300 educational institutions, which produce skilled and semi-skilled labour, give it a unique advantage over the other tier-II & tier-III cities and has the potential to be the next major hub for economic activity in Telangana.

The report identifies that Warangal Urban has potential to become a hub for the service industry especially, tourism, BPO and IT&ITES, while Warangal Rural has the required prospects to become the textile and food processing hub.