Inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India in September 2005, RGCTP is a premier ISO 9001:2000 certified Technology Park and is presently a home for more than 70 companies having nearly 17,000 employees, It has changed the economic scenario of the city and the vicinity by facilitating the growth of the economy, especially in the Services sector
Its main features are:
- Environment friendly IT Park with special emphasis on green cover.
- Also accorded Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status by the Government of India.
- $ 200 million already invested in RGCTP by Chandigarh Administration and private companies.
- Another $ 200 million investment expected in the near future.
- Various Tax incentives such as exemption from Value Added Tax (VAT), Central Sales Tax (CST), Electricity Duty, Stamp Duty, Property Tax etc., apart from the exemptions such as from Income Tax, Central Excise Customs etc. from Gol.
RGCTP is a major contributor of software exports from this region. Once complete, Phase I and II would generate 35,000 plus direct jobs. Further, every direct IT job creates 3 indirect jobs.
Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC)
The Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) provides space for young entrepreneurs & SME in the IT sector for furthering exports from the region. The EDC has been built on an approximate area of 1.6 acres (70,000 sft) with Rs. 18.71 crones approved project cost.
Trend of Increase in Green Cover (Forest & Tree Cover) of Chandigarh UT
Several schemes and projects have been launched to improve the forest cover to Chandigarh UT. They are:
- Forest conservation and Development Scheme: The main objective of this scheme is to reduce the silt inflow to Sukhna Lake by carrying out various kinds of soil conservation works. Various engineering measures followed by vegetative measures have resulted in development of excellent vegetation in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Plantation Scheme to provide a carpet of vegetation in open patches/hill tops to reduce soil erosion by planting/sowing of seeds.
- Greening of City Beautiful Scheme, to raise plantation in and around city to provide pollution free environment to the people of the city beautiful. Seedlings are supplied to the institutions/NGO’s and public free of cost at six nurseries.
Chandigarh UT was bestowed with ‘Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award – 2010’ for outstanding work in increasing forest and tree cover in the city. The forest cover in U.T. Chandigarh is 43 KM2 and another 10 KM2 area is under tree cover.
Strategies to Enhance Green cover in Chandigarh
Green cover in Chandigarh will be enhanced through Greening Chandigarh Action Plan (GAP) through the following interventions.
- 98 NGOs have been registered with the Forest Department tree plantation drive.
- Eco-Clubs – Over 120 eco clubs have been initiated in Chandigarh as a part of National Green Corps to impart the knowledge of importance of nature among the student community, generate awareness towards protection of nature, wildlife and natural resources and to sensitize the students for sustainable way of living.
- Plantation by Municipal Corporation – Municipal Corporation with the help of various resident association development and maintains the green belts under the jurisdiction of the Corporation.
- Forest department undertakes programmes on protecting and maintaining the vegetative cover in the natural habitats. Composting / vermin composting is promoted to stop burning of leaves and recharging of ground water aquifers is being taken up.