Tech-tonic Shift

Realty Plus spoke to Dr.niranjan hiranandani - founder & chair­man - hiranandani group on his views on the it parks de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing across the coun­try.

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Q What are some of the con­sid­er­a­tions while iden­ti­fy­ing lo­ca­tion for an IT Park devel­op­ment?

If real-es­tate is all about lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion and lo­ca­tion, for an IT Park, this adage holds even truer, given that In­dia’s IT and ITES in­dus­try have been tak­ing on global com­pe­ti­tion. At Hiranandani Com­mu­ni­ties, our per­spec­tive is to look for the ideal site where we can pro­vide the floor-plate, the build­ing’s lay­out along with ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties that would power an IT Park to be­com­ing a suc­cess. The ideal lo­ca­tion to set up IT Park devel­op­ment should be ei­ther in emerg­ing busi­ness dis­tricts which pro­vide easy com­mute and trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, as also has the po­ten­tial to ex­pand quickly with ser­vice in­dus­try. Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­tricts are epi­cen­tres of cities, such lo­ca­tions would be ideal for IT Parks, as space is not the con­straint and all ba­sic re­quire­ments for the hu­man re­source which would work there must be met. One very im­por­tant fac­tor is dis­as­ter man­age­ment mea­sures, which need to worked in the plan­ning stage, en­sur­ing a low risk fac­tor. Ob­vi­ously, data con­nec­tiv­ity and un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply are a must. Re­cently, we handed over pos­ses­sion of TCS Olym­pus Cen­tre in Hiranandani Es­tate, Thane. The project-span­ning over 14.5 acres and com­pris­ing 2 mil­lion square feet of space was com­pleted within record time. TCS Olym­pus Cen­tre con­tains 16 storeys com­mer­cial build­ing for

IT and ITES MNC, TCS, which was com­pleted to global stan­dards within just 17 months. It is a ‘new next-gen work­place’, with state-of the art fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing a train­ing block, club house and gym­na­sium, which pro­vides a con­tem­po­rary and holis­tic work cul­ture.

Q How can an IT devel­op­ment be made sus­tain­able in op­er­a­tions?

This is some­thing that IT and ITES com­pa­nies need to build within their busi­ness work­ing, peo­ple and pro­cesses to en­sure en­ergy and re­source ef­fi­ciency. As de­vel­op­ers, we cre­ate the struc­tures which they then can lever­age for greener op­er­a­tions. Pri­mar­ily, it is about cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing a work space where hu­man re­sources can work to global stan­dards in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment. For IT and ITES devel­op­ment, we cre­ate a Green cam­pus which in­cludes rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing as also has a Sewage Treat­ment Plant. The devel­op­ment has to be eco-friendly, with low-emis­sion sys­tems and fix­tures.

Q What are the tech­nol­ogy and other con­sid­er­a­tions es­sen­tial for IT Parks?

In­dia’s IT in­dus­try has ma­tured over a pe­riod of time. It is an ex­tremely de­mand­ing in­dus­try, in terms of the work space, and as­pects such as a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion with in­fra­struc­ture sup­port is the ba­sic foun­da­tion. Add to this ‘best in class’ qual­ity of in­fra­struc­ture plus well de­signed space man­age­ment plus ad­e­quate back end fa­cil­i­ties sup­port and easy con­nec­tiv­ity. The lo­ca­tion must also of­fer qual­ity so­cio-civic in­fra­struc­ture like power, high speed tele­com &fi­bre-op­tic con­nec­tiv­ity as also suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply. Not to for­get the set-up for a has­sle free com­mute.

The Next Gen Youth com­prises a ma­jor sec­tion of the work­force in the IT in­dus­try. They seek good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, so­cial fa­cil­i­ties like restau­rants, cof­fee cen­tres, Bank ATMS, med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties as also as­pects that ful­fil their quin­tes­sen­tial need for a global work­ing cul­ture. It also in­cludes 24*7 se­cu­rity and sur­veil­lance, as also a hub for en­ter­tain­ment and re­lax­ation ac­tiv­i­ties. From an HR per­spec­tive, ac­qui­si­tion and re­tain­ing good tal­ent be­comes very cru­cial, and these are the fac­tors es­sen­tial for IT Parks.

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