The news doing around lately is that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) may come up with a national policy framework for establishing data centres across the country soon. The reports suggest that states will be free to either follow in total or mould it according to their needs.

The new data centre policy framework may include the following instructions:

  • Push for the usage of renewable energy such as solar energy for day-to-day operations of the building which will house the data disks
  • State governments may be pushed to start giving cross-subsidy to data centres which currently get electricity at either very high rates or have to pay cross-subsidy surcharge on power which they buy at low rates but from a state different from where the data centre is located
  • It is also looking to suggest data centres to be a part of urban or semi-urban infrastructure so that real estate players can consider investments in the sector
  • The current regulations require about 40 clearances to establish a data centre which is extremely time-consuming. It is looking to make it a single-window clearance for applicants

Officials believe that once the power cost is managed, it will reduce the cost of running and managing data centres. Eventually, more players will be attracted to the system. Further making single-window clearance will give the establishment of data centres a major boost.

Other measures of cost-cutting may include relief in the form of lower levies to electronic components used for data centres  or keep suitable guidelines to favour domestic ancillary industries.

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Government May Soon Launch Data Centre Policy
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