Andhra Pradesh government, Adani group team up to develop parks for green data centres

NEW DELHI: Chandrababu Naidu-headed Andhra Pradesh government Friday entered into an alliance with the Adani group to build Data Centre Parks up to 5 gigawatt (GW) capacities in and around Visakhapatnam over the next 20 years.

This initiative would be a first-of-its-kind 100% renewable energy-powered worldwide with Adani group investing Rs 70,000 crores, a joint statement read.

The new initiative by Naidu is also expected to create as much as 1 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh.

The Gujarat-based conglomerate will develop a hyper-scale data centre market in the state that will position the state as the east coast data centre hub for India and South East Asia.

The move also marked the Adani group’s foray into the digital infrastructure sector.

The centre, according to the statement, would be integrated with a cable landing station and would leverage the state’s long coastline to help provide the needed global connectivity and redundancy to manage its exponential data growth.

The parks shall be developed across three campuses to facilitate data centre operations.

“Efficient and eco-friendly data centers are the key to enabling this futuristic digital ecosystem,” Naidu said, adding that digitisation is the future and will soon be a critical component of everything that people do.

These parks will be flexibly designed to adapt to emerging technology trends in the data centre sector, and will be scaled modularly to meet the customer demands, it added.

“Data centers are fundamental building blocks for enabling every aspect of the critical technology infrastructure that India needs to further accelerate its growth,” Gautam Adani, chairman— Adani group said.

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