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COVID-19 turns Bengaluru tech hub into ghost town

01 April 2020 04:11

Bengaluru: The Karnataka governments work from home advisory to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has turned Indias tech hub into a ghost town, with the bustling campuses of IT majors like Infosys and Wipro deserted as thousands of their techies are missing in action since Monday.We have advised our employees to work from home while ensuring client confidentiality and security. We will continue work with local governments the world over in following their advisories, said Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parekh in an e-mail to IANS on Tuesday.The $11-billion IT behemoth has an 81-acre green campus in the Electronic City, with over a dozen glistening glass buildings housing its software development centres where a whopping 30,000 techies work 5-days a week during normal times.The partial lockdown has forced many of our engineers to work from home, leaving empty offices, sparsely utilized corridors, lobbies and other facilities across the green campus, admitted a company official.Infosys rival Wipro also enforced work from home option for its code writers.Given the evolving situation, we have advised our employees to work from home wherever feasible and if their role allows them to do so, a Wipro spokesperson told IANS.As a result, the usual buzz at Wipro campus in the citys southeast suburb is missing since Monday, as most of its 25,000 techies are working from the cozy environs of their homes in the tech city.Similarly, RMZ Ecoworld on the outer Ring Road in the same upscale suburb here, which is home to many tech firms, wears a deserted look, as thousands of geeks have been told to operate from home to avoid crowding and gathering in large numbers at one place.Only employees in mission critical roles are coming to office as their other colleagues have been advised to work from home due to clampdown in the city, a Shell India Markets official told this agency.  An executive of global audit firm PricewaterHouseCoopers (PWC) at the Embassy Golf Links office in the posh eastern suburb said the coronavirus induced changed work conditions were quite unexpected.We did not expect COVID-19 to escalate so quickly. When we see a change, it is essentially two things -- work environment and delivery,a the executive said.The partial lockdown has also snapped the human connect and personal touch in the job as team meetings and catching up with colleagues and friends has taken.
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