Efforts on to breathe new life into IT park in Kavre

Kavre, October 4

At least three different organisations have been operating from the premises of Information Technology Park in Srikhandapur of Kavre for the past two months.

Cloud Himalayan has been operating data center while Soft Tech Foundation has been running a software development company.

The government had denied permission when Kathmandu University had proposed to set up Business Incubation Center on the IT Park premises two years ago. However, KU has now set up an incubation centre with government’s permission.

Jaya Ram Humagain, chairperson of Computer Association of Nepal, said, “The incubation centre has breathed new life into the park.”

The park operates under the directives of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The government had come up with the idea of establishing the park in 1998. However, it was left in the lurch due to the lack of proper coordination between the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Information and Communication and Ministry of Industry.

Director General of Department of Information Technology Birendra Kumar Mishra said that operating modality of the park was being prepared. “Useful documents are being drafted to operate the park effectively.

Earlier, there were difficulties in operating the park due to lack of access road and internet facility,” said Mishra, adding that scores of national and international companies were interested in  establishing data centres at the park.

There are two huge structures, four well equipped residential and three other buildings within the premises of the park but have remained useless for years. The park occupies an area of 257 ropani land.

The park was built at the cost of Rs 300 million. Construction of the park had started in 2001. It was handed over to the government in 2005. The government set up Department of Information Technology at the park a decade after the park was established.

Commercial, administrative and residential structures were constructed on the park premises while optical fiber and VSAT also have been installed. The government has been spending more than Rs 4 lakh for park security.