K.T. Rama Rao raises objection to proposed Data Embassies in Gujarat


by IANS | Fri, Feb 17, 2023, 11:50 AM

Hyderabad, Feb (IANS) Telangana's Minister for Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday wrote a letter to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, raising serious objections against the Budget proposal for establishing the Data Embassies in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT city).

The minister detailed the "huge risks" involved in establishing International Data Embassies at one location, that too in a state highly prone to earthquakes.

The letter also highlights the advantages that Hyderabad holds as an ideal location for data centres.

Moreover, this move might pose a security threat as the proposed location is in a state sharing a border with another country.

The Minister suggested that the interests of the client countries should also be considered while choosing the location of the Data Embassies.

KTR said that Hyderabad is in Seismic Zone-II, one of the least active seismic zones in India, which makes the city an ideal location for setting up data centres.

"In contrast, GIFT city is located in Seismic Zone-III and is very close to Seismic Zone-IV, indicating that the region is at a high risk for earthquakes. Developing international data embassies in such an area presents potential risks and could have significant consequences for international relations if critical infrastructure is impacted," KTR added.

The minister said that after due diligence, global data centre majors chose Telangana to invest in setting up their large data centres.

From Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure, the state is now home to several hyperscale and edge data centres.

The minister said that the state government launched its Data Centre Policy in 2016, and offered several important incentives and approval provisions to facilitate the setting up of data centres.

Access to dual power grids, low-cost power supply and a high-speed fibre network are a few such provisions.

"The overall experience of the companies which have invested in Telangana has been extremely positive. The State will be happy to provide similar support to International Data Embassies," the Minister remarked.

Further, KTR urged the Union Finance Minister to modify the Budget proposal to provide them with multiple locations that would suit their data security requirements.

KTR said that it would provide a level playing field for data infrastructure among the states.

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