Tamil Nadu local government is set to release a data centre policy.
The Hindu reports that Guidance TN is collaborating with the Departments of Industries and Information and Technology on the policy, which will be released soon.
Chief Minister M.K. Stalin signed memorandums of understanding with Singapore-based CapitaLand and Web Werks totaling 1,900 crore ($255 million) during the Investment Conclave 2021 conference.
Two data centres will be constructed in Ambattur as part of the project. The State has signed nine such memorandums of understanding with data centre companies over the last two years, totaling Rs 16,927 crore ($2.2 billion).
Other states are also developing data center-specific policies, with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath stating last year that “we want to prepare a favourable policy so that any company looking to build a data centre in north India prefers Noida.” With the airport and film city in development, a distinct data centre policy will help attract investment. We solicited input from industry experts.”
India is currently developing a National Data Centre policy that will classify facilities as infrastructure and streamline the approval process to a single-window system that will also cover power availability.
As things stand, companies frequently need approval from up to 36 government departments before they can begin building data centres in India.
Digital Realty, Iron Mountain, Yondr, and EdgeConneX have all formed joint ventures with investors to develop data centres in India in 2021. Simultaneously, CapitaLand, NTT, STT GDC, PDG, Hiranandani Group, and Reliance Jio all made announcements this year regarding hyperscale facilities in the country.