BHOPAL: A city’s endeavor to forget the past and look at the future

Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh has become famous in the annals of world history, though for all the wrong reasons. It was here that on the night of December 3, 1984 a poisonous gas escaped from the Union Carbide C plant in Bhopal killing 10,000 people and many people continue to suffer from the after effects. 

But, the city is trying to leave the past and looking forward to a better future. Earlier it was Indore, which used to be the hub of the IT market, which is now slowly shifting to Bhopal. The growth that the IT market saw during the festive season have suddenly taken a downturn for the past two weeks. The city has the potential to grow as an IT market, with the government coming up with a number of projects. The average number of PCs sold in the city per month is around 1,000. The SOHO forms the major buyer here, who mainly go for the assembled market whereas the Government and the Corporates buy the branded products.


Project started in Dhar district in which IT was being tapped to serve the
common people. Gyandoot is an Intranet network of computers connecting 21
centres spread over five development blocks in Dhar district. Information
Kiosks set up at these centers serve 600 villages under 311 Gram
Panchayats. About half a million villagers now have an easy access to
information, for which they had to make troublesome journeys to tehsil and
district headquarters. Each Information Kiosk caters to 15 Gram Panchayats
and 25 to 30 villages. People from outside the district can log on to
to get information. The location of information centers is carefully
planned. The places frequented by people are selected. Information
pertaining to development schemes, procedural formalities, prevailing
Mandi rates is available. Also copies of maps of land, khasra, B-1 and
other revenue documents are accessible to the cultivators. Applications
can be forwarded through the Kiosks to block and district officials for
obtaining caste, income and domicile certificates. Complaints can also be
lodged through the Kiosks. In order to provide facilities of IT all over
the state, arrangements have been tied up with private sector to set up
7,800 Electronic Information Centers as a follow-up to announcement of the
Chief Minister. These Centers will provide entire range of e-governance
services and information to the people. This will bring government
services and information closer to the people.

Looking into the antece-dents of Bhopal, it was built on the site of the 11th century city of Bhopal. It was founded by the legendary Raja Bhoj who is credited with having construc-ted the lakes around which the city is built. The present city was laid out by the Afghan chief Dost Mohammed Khan, who was in charge of Bhopal during Aurangzeb’s reign, but took advantage of the confusion following Aurangzeb’s death in 1707 to carve out his own small kingdom. 

Bhopal is well connected with all the major business locations making it an ideal destination for investors in the field of IT based services. This is also enhanced by the presence of a large number of institutions of higher and technical education that provide a source for recruiting the desired manpower. Bhopal is home for the Indian Institute of Forest Management, the National Law School, the Insti-tute of Excellence in Higher Education, the Maulana Azad College of Technology and a host I of private educational institu-tions in diverse fields. 

Bhopal offers abundant industrial land, and other facilities at prices that do not rob the budding investor of the initial enthusiasm. Hundreds of acres of land has been earmar-ked by the state government for the development of non-polluting IT- related industries. Apart from the industrial township of the public sector giant Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), Bhopal has in its neighborhood the thriving industrial area of Mandideep which has attracted invest-ments worth thousands of crores with some of the big names in Indian industry operating their manufacturing units from this location. For investor in the IT -related activities, the forthcoming Software Technology Park (STP) will also offer the choice of an ideal location . 

Today, Bhopal has a multi-faceted profile. There’s the old city with its crowded market places, huge old mosques and the palaces of the former Begums who ruled over the city from 1819 to 1926. To the north sprawl the huge industrial suburbs and the slums which these developments inevitably give rise to. The new city with its broad avenues, sleek high-rise offices and leafy residential areas lies to the west. In the center of Bhopal are two lakes, which while providing recreat-ional facilities, are also the sour-ce of its plagues of mosquitoes.

Major Resellers

Achin Dev Computers
18/260, The Mall
Tel: 315429

Afzal A Siddiqui
5th Floor, Chandralok Complex
Birhana Road, Kanpur
Tel: 300969

Amafhh Communication Services
79/77, First Floor
Bansmandi, (Near Aaj Press)
Tel: 214433

Apsol Technologies
444/9, Shastri Nagar
Tel: 361321

Backup Zone
15/59, Civl Lines
Tel: 311904

Bhagwati Distributors
51/28, Rajaj Market
Ram Ganj, Near Ganges Hotel
Tel: 214141/360131

Bharat Computers
5/11, Charan Singh Colony
Govind Nagar
Tel: 614328

Bhukania Computrinics
7/111A, Swaroop Nagar
Tel: 541811

Big Byte Computers
Shop No 240
Naveen Market
Tel: 354594

Blue Chip Enterprises
24/92, Birhana Road
Opp State Bank of Patiala
Tel: 10504

CK Computer
9/2, Vijay Nagar
Tel: 222481

Catch Me
9/10, Labour Colony
Data Nagar
Tel: 231507

Century Computer Centre
LGC 5, Gumti Plaza
Gumti No 5

Comexcell Technologies
LG, 17A, Somdutt Plaza
The Mall
Tel: 306449/305378

8/25, Kurshawan
(Phool Bagh)
Tel: 250055/252076

Computer Corner
16/23, Civil Lines
Tel: 318094

Computer Education
107/235, Nehru Nagar
Tel: 541231

63/3, The Mall
Tel: 317349/355785

Dataman Computer Systems (P) Ltd
25/16, Karachi Khana
Tel: 316505/317191

Diamond Electronics
120, KDA Market
Vikas Nagar
Tel: 91512316505/317191

Digitech Computers
UG D9, Somdutt Plaza 10
The Mall
Tel: 293259

Dow Hitech System
8/2, A2, Arya Nagar
Manas Mandir Marg
Tel: 256719/291897

EI Systems
17/143, Telegraph Road
Opp St Meera School
Tel: 367778

Euro Computer Consultancy
620/6, Keshav Nagar
PO Juhi
Tel: 271486/546129

Gollo Enterprises
29/43, Maheshwari Mohal
Tel: 313836

Great Five Computers
G5 Computer Centre
MIG 19, Sector-3
Hemant Vihar, Barra 2
Tel: 612101

Hi Point Computeronics
Stall No 98 (Upstairs)
Naveen Market
Tel: 362522/319966

Info Today Computers
7/109, G1, Flat No 17, 
Prabhu Mahima App
Swarrop Nagar, Kanpur
Tel: 210360

113/115, Swarrop Nagar 
Tel: 553875/541470

B12, City Center
The Mall
Tel: 631760

Kaizen Infotec
Thailendra Shukla Partner
Tilak Hall Lane
Meston Toad, Kanpur
Tel: 353960

Ken Electronics
111/125, Harsh Nagar
Tel: 541547

Lipi Data Systems Ltd
First Floor, Flat No 2014/45
Chunni Ganj, The Mall
Tel: 542355

Micro Chip Systems
126/46, Block Govindnagar
Tel: 262068/645452

Micro Info Tech
House No 2B, Pradhan Gate
Near Gyan Manjusha School
Nankari, IIT
Tel: 591166

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