Google to build Asia’s first campus at Hyderabad, Telangana

#Google chooses Hyderabad for its largest campus outside of USA and its first ever own campus in Asia.

The Global Head for Google Facilities and Workplaces, David Radcliffe and the Telangana Minister for Information Technology, Mr. K. T. Rama Rao had a meeting at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View. An MoU was signed between the Government of Telangana and Google Inc.

As per the MoU, Google is allocated 7.2 acres in Gachibowli, the main IT corridor of Hyderabad and Google will build its own facility. This facility for Google in Hyderabad, the capital city of the state of Telangana when fully built will be the second largest facility globally with a built up space of about 2 Million sft and the largest campus for Google globally outside of the United States. The envisioned facility in Hyderabad will be Google’s first-ever own campus in Asia.

The facility is expected to house about 13,000 employees with a built up space of about 2 Million sft. The approximate investment by Google via capital expenditure for the facility would be in the vicinity of Rs. 1,000 Crores. Google expects the facility to be complete and fully operational in about 4 years and is supposed to start before the summer of 2019.

According to Google worldwide head for Facilities and Workplaces, Mr. David Radcliffe, about 12 months will be spent on planning and the construction work is supposed to start around summer of 2016. The construction should take about two and a half years and we could have a facility as soon as early 2019.

Outside of the USA, the Hyderabad facility is the single largest concentration for Google worldwide. Currently Google employs about 7,000 in Hyderabad and the new facility is expected to approximately double Google’s footprint taking it to 13,000. Currently Google employs around 55,000 worldwide.

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary of IT, Mr. Amarnath Reddy Atmakuri, Chief Relations Officer of the IT Department, Ms. Katherine Wang, Manager for Public Policy Strategy and Diplomacy for Google, and Ms. Allison L. Basker of Google were also present.

Minister KTR meets the Google Education

The Minister and the Secretary also had a meeting with Bram Bout, Director of Google Education, Rajen Sheth, Senior Director of Product Management for Android and Chrome for Work and Education. The Minister discussed several plans for upgrading the educational standards and technology as a means to drive the education.

The Minister wanted Google to associate with the Government of Telangana to support the ambitious Digital Telangana program, particulary the component that intends to promote digital literacy amongst school children. Google was urged to utilize the CSR component for channeling the hardware infrastructure, content and training to the Government Schools across the state.

The proposal resonates with Google’s ongoing efforts in the Chrome Notebook education model, which has already been piloted in 4 schools in Warangal district 6 months ago.

Telangana to be the first state to get StreetView:

The delegation led by the Minister met with the Google Street View team of Mr. Manik Gupta, Director of Product Management and Mr. Narayana Tummala, Ground Truth Engineering Lead for Google.

While Streetview has been extensively used in USA, Canada and many European countries, its applications in India have been limited so far. Google has launched streetview in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, etc in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India. The Streetview is also brought into the National Gallery of Modern art in India with a very high-resolution imagery.

Google is in talks with Minister of Home affairs to get their permissions for conducting the Streetview exercise at a city wide level. This permission is expected to be given shortly. Upon the request made by the Minister, Google has agreed to make Telangana the first state which will get Streetview for one complete city namely Hyderabad to begin with, with subsequent extension to other major cities and towns.

Google has also agreed to support specific requests made by the Minister to utilize Streetview for monitoring of deviations from approved building plans, property tax collection, mapping of industrial land bank located in different parts of the state, to name a few.

Getting this important commitment from Google StreetView to consider Telangana for piloting all their major initiatives in the country is seen as a major achievement for the state.

Google Fiber explored for Telangana

The delegation led by the IT Minister detailed the Google team about the Water grid project and how the same duct lines are going to be utilized to provide fiber optic cables to every household. Google has embarked on a similar project called Google Fiber, which is been piloted, in 8 cities in the USA like Kansas City, Austin, etc. Google has agreed to study the Telangana model in detail through their country team in India and explore the possibility of contributing to this project. #

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