Hyderabad: 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 and tier-III cities and has the potential to be the next major hub for economic activity in Telangana after Hyderabad.
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.
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.”
He told Telangana Today, “Warangal has a great talent hub because of the academic institutions. The city can attract food processing and textiles units. Once infrastructure is created, there could be more investments from the industry. As Hyderabad created manufacturing base, Warangal can also replicate the manufacturing ecosystem where ancillary units can come up. Hardware facilities can come up here.”
He informed, “CII recently held sessions in Warangal to empower rural entrepreneurship where 300 women partcipated. We have signed a MoU with NIT Warangal to train faculty in emerging technologies. We are collaborating with TASK regional centre by giving inputs on what industry wants.”
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.
Hyderabad-Warangal corridor will be busier due to the focused development of Yadadri. Warangal also has a rich cultural heritage and a great tourist destination because of 1000 pillar Shiva temple, Ramappa caves, Badrakali temple, etc.
Rajanna recommened to Government of Telangana that Warangal should have a mid-size airport and also high speed rail connectivity between Hyderabad and Warangal to make it like Shanghai and Hangzhou of China.
Smart City works
Hyderabad: Principal Secretary to Municipal Administration and Urban development Arvind Kumar on Thursday asked the officials to prepare a list of works which can be immediately grounded and completed at the earliest taken up under the Warangal Smart City Corporation.
He held a review meeting with officials at the secretariat. Kumar asked the officials to identify different stretches of roads in the city where footfalls are high and develop them to have a visible impact to the public at large. He said that works should be taken up in places of public importance. He asked the officials to ensure that road works should be completed before the onset of monsoon so as to avoid inconvenience to the public.
He wanted the officials to take up construction of mini sewage treatment plants in as many places as possible. He also asked the officials to make a list of all government buildings for installing solar roof top PVs. Construction of rain water harvesting structures should also be prioritsed, he added.
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.
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 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.