Welcome to smart city, kochi
The dream project to make the City kochi completely Hi Tech and modern, the master plan of the SmartCity Kochi project, has thrown itself to kick start which will reshape the city with touch of modernisation. Mr. Abdullatif, CEO of Tecom Group of Companies while delivering a special address at a session on IT and IT Enabled Services at the Emerging Kerala summit in Kochi on Friday, he said that Tecom plans to kick-start the construction of the first IT building soon thereafter, in consultations with the State government.
A lot of companies were looking to tie
r-II cities. At present, 90 per cent of IT operations happen in four cities. Kochi could become the new IT hub in the coming decade, he said.
He said that transportation will become increasingly difficult in the State, not least because of the frequent fuel price hikes. That is why SmartCity Kochi is crucial as it is an integrated township based on the ‘live and work’ concept, he said.
Enhancing facilities to attract corportates
The MASTER PLAN of State plans to enhance its built-up IT space from 11 million sq.ft. to 42 million sq.ft. Mr. Kurian elaborated on the hub-and-spoke model being followed by the State in the IT sector. Of the 1,600 acres available for the IT sector, 600 acres are available for lease. He said that a highly literate human resource is spread evenly across the State, enabling companies to leverage the hub-and-spoke model.
Invariably, three kinds of investment opportunities are available in the State. Investments can be made for the co-development of SEZ and non-SEZ space in IT parks, as well as for setting up IT/ITES development centres. Concessions are available for setting up private IT parks.
SmartCity Kochi, recently a project in Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh was accorded a single SEZ status despite the site being separated by a creek. The State government has brought this to the notice of the Union government.
Inauguration of the SmartCity Kochi pavillion
The Dubai–based promoters of the project has kept the finalization of the master plan of smart city and the launch of first phase construction pending on the ground that it can be done only after it becomes clear whether the project will be notified as a single SEZ or multiple SEZ. This has led to a difference of opinion with the State government, which wanted the promoters to launch the first phase construction on the area already notified as SEZ without wasting any more time.
Mr. Gijo said that the Smart City would incorporate environment-friendly structures without any harm to the nature or cutting of trees. Wetland preservation and conservation of forests had been considered and kept in mind as priority while making the master plan for constructing Smart City.