When God said, "Let there be Light, there was Light'. That's probably when the Sun was created. When God said, "Let there be Light in Bangalore", someone must have said, "Try again after twenty years." Newsweek's, one-among-the-top-ten-cities is reeling under acute power shortage. There's just no generation of electricity to meet the daily requirements. The general public is literally groping in the dark. Emergency lamps, generators, candles, torch lights and perhaps, even cigarette lighters are the order of the day. If the Gods have abandoned the city is because expectations are so high. But then, we have Governments that work, unnerved even by the 'hand of God'. Thereby hangs a tale.
The IT industry spends something like 40 crores of rupees annual on self-generation of power. Now we all know that IT companies need uninterrupted power supply 365 days, to the microsecond. So, it's not exactly heating food in a microwave we are talking about. One can't understand how the powers-that-be work, the way they work. On one hand the government puts up roads shows, events, global meets to attract investors and on the other hand, they just don't have enough electricity generation to offer. And yet, we call ourselves the 'Silicon Valley of India'? (Click here to read 'Silicon Valley Vs Silicon Valley'). Read that and think about it.
Digital Park has been built on government-leased land. Yet, the authorities haven't provided electricity. It'll come, but that's precisely the point. Digital's investments into power generation are mind-boggling. And even when the government does provide power, it'll be just about adequate to run the facility at night when power load is relatively low. Their existing power requirements are far from being met and with Digital on the verge of expansion the gap between the cup and the lip will be enormously wide.
Not just Digital. Almost all Software companies are in the same boat. One very senior and highly respected gentlemen from the IT industry once told us that if the government were to provide the Software industry uninterrupted power, they'd gladly give those 40 crores to the government for infrastructure development of Bangalore city and Karnataka State. Now, that would be something, wouldn't it?
Anyway, let's forgive the government for they "for they know not what they do." And that's the best they can really do.
Note: This story was written when the company was known as 'DIGITAL'.