Four pillars of development for India’s IT infrastructure
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Four pillars of development for India’s IT infrastructure

The four pillars of development — infrastructure, investment, innovation, and inclusion — collectively form the fabric of India’s economic growth. These pillars also play an indispensable role in shaping the country’s digital future, says Deepen Goratela, Founder & CEO, Astral Te...
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The four pillars of development — infrastructure, investment, innovation, and inclusion — collectively form the fabric of India’s economic growth. These pillars also play an indispensable role in shaping the country’s digital future, says Deepen Goratela, Founder & CEO, Astral Technologies.In today’s rapidly evolving world, the Indian economy is on an exciting trajectory of growth, driven by four crucial pillars: Infrastructure, Investment, Innovation, and Inclusion. These pillars serve as the foundation upon which India’s IT industry is flourishing, and they play an indispensable role in shaping the country’s digital future. As we explore the critical aspects of each of these pillars & the pivotal role played by real estate and construction software, we gain insight into the path India is taking to become a global IT powerhouse.Infrastructure: The backbone of digital transformationInfrastructure development has always been at the forefront of India’s economic growth strategy. A well-developed infrastructure network serves as the backbone for economic activities by facilitating the movement of goods and people. The construction industry plays a pivotal role in this pillar, as it is responsible for building roads, bridges, airports, and more.Real estate and construction software, such as ERP and CRM systems, enable efficient project management and coordination among various stakeholders. This ensures the timely completion of projects, reduces bottlenecks, and enhances connectivity, thus boosting economic growth.The expansion of urban areas demands the development of smart cities. Construction software facilitates the planning and execution of these projects, ensuring that they meet sustainability and technology-driven standards. Smart infrastructure, enabled by software innovations, enhances the quality of life for urban residents and attracts investments.Many infrastructure projects in India rely on PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships) to secure funding and expertise. Real estate and construction software assist in project feasibility assessments, risk management, and transparent financial reporting, fostering trust among public and private partners. This, in turn, attracts more investments into vital infrastructure projects.As the world moves towards sustainability, Indian infrastructure must follow suit. Construction software integrates sustainability factors into project design, such as energy-efficient buildings, green materials, and renewable energy installations. Sustainable infrastructure not only reduces environmental impact but also attracts international investments and promotes long-term economic stability.Investment: Attracting capital for growthInvestment is the lifeblood of economic development. India’s ability to attract domestic and foreign investments has a direct impact on its growth trajectory. The real estate sector, closely tied to investment, can act as a catalyst for economic growth by creating opportunities for both investors and homebuyers.Real estate and construction software play a critical role in making the investment process transparent and efficient. These software solutions provide real-time data on property values, market trends, and investment opportunities. Investment in real estate and construction can be capital-intensive and risky. Software solutions help mitigate risks by facilitating due diligence, identifying potential issues in construction projects, and offering financial modelling tools. This encourages more investors to enter the market, driving economic growth.REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) have emerged as a prominent investment vehicle in India’s real estate sector. They provide transparency and liquidity to investors by requiring real-time financial reporting and regular dividends. Real estate software helps REITs efficiently manage their portfolios, further attracting capital and enhancing market stability.India is increasingly attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in real estate. Software solutions facilitate cross-border investments by streamlining legal compliance, providing real-time property valuations, and offering risk assessments. FDI boosts economic growth by injecting capital and expertise into the sector.The implementation of REM systems by leading real estate developers has led to increased investor confidence by providing transparent financial reporting and asset management.Innovation: Fostering technological advancementsInnovation drives progress, and the IT industry is at the forefront of technological advancements. India’s thriving IT sector has not only transformed global industries but has also been instrumental in fostering innovation within the country. Sustainable construction practices are gaining momentum. Software aids in the design and execution of green buildings, which are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The adoption of green building standards not only reduces operational costs but also aligns with global sustainability goals, attracting environmentally conscious investors and driving economic progress.The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionising infrastructure maintenance. Sensors embedded in bridges, roads, and buildings can monitor structural health and detect maintenance needs in real-time. This predictive maintenance reduces downtime, ensuring infrastructure remains safe and functional.Smart cities like Indore are using IoT-enabled real-time monitoring systems to manage their infrastructure, reducing operational costs and improving the quality of services provided to citizens.The use of BIM and IoT in the construction of the Statue of Unity in Gujarat resulted in precise engineering, efficient construction, and enhanced visitor experiences.Inclusion: Bridging socio-economic dividesInclusion is an indispensable aspect of economic development. India’s success depends on its ability to bridge socioeconomic divides and ensure that the benefits of growth reach all segments of society. Real estate and construction have a significant role to play in this regard.Real estate developers are increasingly focusing on affordable housing projects. Construction software helps optimise building processes, reducing construction costs and making affordable housing more accessible. This contributes to social inclusion by providing housing solutions to economically weaker sections.Real estate software ensures that developers adhere to regulatory norms, preventing malpractices. Transparency in property transactions safeguards the interests of homebuyers and promotes trust in the real estate sector.The construction industry provides employment opportunities across various skill levels. Real estate and construction software can help streamline workforce management and training, ensuring that workers receive fair wages and access to skill development programs. This contributes to socioeconomic inclusion by improving livelihoods.Economic inclusion extends beyond urban areas. Real estate and construction projects in rural regions, supported by software solutions, improve access to basic amenities, education, and healthcare. This narrows the rural-urban divide, promotes balanced regional development, and ensures that the benefits of growth reach all corners of the country.Towards a bright, inclusive futureThe four pillars of development — infrastructure, investment, innovation, and inclusion — are interwoven threads that collectively form the fabric of India’s economic growth. The real estate and construction industry, through the adoption of advanced software solutions, contributes substantially to the success of these pillars.As India marches forward on its path of economic development, embracing technology-driven solutions in the real estate and construction sector will be paramount. These innovations not only enhance the efficiency and transparency of the industry but also ensure that the benefits of development are more widely distributed, creating a brighter and more inclusive future for all Indians.About the author:Deepen Goratela is the Founder & CEO of Astral Technologies. He has pursued engineering and PGDM in marketing. He had a vision of helping companies to increase efficiency and jointly solve problems in their respective areas which led to the formation of Astral Technologies.

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