On May 6, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy dedicated Infopark’s Phase II campus to the state, saying that the government was committed to bringing in more investments for creating job opportunities for the youth.
“The government will give more thrust to projects which are capable of utilizing the full potential of the state’s resources both in terms of infrastructure and manpower,” Shri Oommen Chandy said.
Hon’ble Minister for IT and Industries Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty said that Infopark and the private IT companies here have emerged as one of the biggest employment generators of the state. “The government is ready to provide all support to the development of IT parks,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports, and Excise Shri K. Babu noted that the Infopark has undertaken a number of mini-projects for the benefit of the local community, including the 1 Km road along Kunnathunad and Puthencruz villages, 1.1 Km panchayat road, land for Anganwadi, and foot-over bridge to the banks of Kadambrayar river.
Addressing the audience on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Public Works Shri V. K. Ebrahim Kunju said that the PWD has finished the tendering process for the renovation of roads leading to Infopark and will soon start work on it.
Principal Secretary for IT and Industries Shri P. H. Kurian, IAS, said that the Phase II project will be completed by 2020 and around 80,000 employment opportunities will be created by then.
Over one million IT work space with futuristic amenities will be opened for business by the end of 2015 with the completion of Infopark’s own 4 lakh sq ft IT building and Cognizant’s Phase I building of 1.3million sq ft. Once fully operational, the project is expected create 8 million sq ft world-class IT space.
For the development of the Rs. 2,500-crore Phase II project, Infopark has joined hands with several global IT companies and infrastructure developers like Cognizant Technologies, UST Global, Trans Asia, Muthoot Group, Media Systems, Claysys Technologies, Caspian Techparks, and Padiyath Innovation.
Around 60 percent of the land in the second phase has been leased out successfully to IT/ITeS companies and co-developers. Phase II is spread across 160 acres of land, of which Infopark has leased out 125 acres till now. Out of this, 102 acres is notified as IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
The Phase II campus is designed as a walk-to-work township with several facilities to complement the mainstream business. Apart from the IT/ITES infrastructure, the campus will house an international school, shopping mall, hotel, convention centres, and healthcare facilities.
Basic infrastructure like power, internal roads, waterline, and communication facilities are in place. The work on a 220 KV Gas-insulated substation at Phase II has been completed and is ready for a trial-run. A three-kilometre-long four-lane internal road is built as per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) specifications. The construction of a four-kilometre-long compound wall for the Phase II campus is also nearing completion.
Shri V. P. Sajeendran, MLA; Shri Benny Behanan, MLA; Ernakulam District Collector Shri M. G. Rajamanickam, IAS; Infopark CEO Shri Hrishikesh Nair; and other dignitaries were present.