VISAKHAPATNAM: Rajahmundry, the nearest coastal town to Vizag, has been turned into a backup facility for some IT firms located in the Steel City. With power supply yet to be restored fully, IT firms, which have been badly hit by the cyclone, have shifted base to temporarily.
Sources said the firms were under severe pressure from their clients to meet deadlines or pay for losses caused due to delay in completing projects. As the companies have lost most of their infrastructure, they were forced to set up temporary base in Rajahmundry.
“These companies could not have afforded to pay for the losses which is in crores of rupees particularly after facing the wrath of Hudhud. As many of these companies are small in size, it is easier for them to rent temporary offices in Rajahmundry rather than running offices on generators,” sources said. Adding to the delay in power restoration, the ambiguity over restoration of internet connectivity also prompted the companies to shift base. It is learnt that the IT firms will come back to Visakhapatnam immediately after power is restored to Rushikonda IT Park.
“IT companies in Visakhapatnam have been working under tough circumstances. Despite our pleas to develop an alternative power supply line and internet connectivity, the government did not respond. Had it done so, we could have saved the business,” said BV Prasad, secretary of Visakhapatnam IT Association.