|WATER THEME FOR KERALA'S UPCOMING IT PARK
vIndianz.com (06 Jan ,2010) — Trivandrum: Information Technology park with a water theme. No kidding! With work on the project kicked off Kerala will have yet another first by year 2011.
“Ambalapuzha Infopark is planned to be developed as the first ‘water theme’ based IT Park in India with immense untapped potential working towards promoting IT and Knowledge Services in the heart of Kerala’s famous backwaters,” says Dr Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretary-IT, Government of Kerala. The government aims to create an ambience that is extremely conducive for professionals to work in a totally stress-free environment and for busy professionals to indulge in fruitful learning training and learning activities while recharging themselves.
IT Kerala has said that the Government of India has formally notified 33 acres of Infopark Ambalapuzha as Special Economic Zone. This decision has been taken at a meeting of the Board of Approvals, Union Ministry of Commerce held in New Delhi. With the Ambalapuzha and Cherthala Infoparks coming up, Alapuzha district, having its head quarters at Alapuzha town which is known as the Venice of the East for its tourist and trade attraction, will now be known as the IT Venice of the East.
The Water Theme IT Park, Infopark Ambalapuzha, located on the National Highway 47, about 22 kms from Alapuzha town is being developed in about 100 acres of prime property in Smrithivanam, Purakkad village. A total of 33 acres of this total property was formally approved as a sector specific Special Economic Status in late 2008 and has been notified.
Infopark CEO, Siddhartha Bhattacharya adds: ‘the work for Ambalapuzha Infopark commenced in April 2009 and the first phase infrastructure work is expected to be completed by June 2010. With the completion of the first IT building by April 2011 there will be space to initially provide employment to over 1000 IT/ITES professionals in this park. The basic infrastructures that will be developed in Phase-1 include power receiving and distribution facility , potable water through RO plant, access roads, land reclamation and development, drains and boat jetty. We have sought to develop the park through partnership and the investment in the first 3 years is approximately Rs.150 crores.”
Infopark is an IT Hub being developed by the Government of Kerala and boasts of ambitious plans to become one of the major IT Park clusters in the country. With this vision, it has been growing fast ever since its inception in 2004, and within a short period of time, has attracted investments from IT majors like Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Affiliated Computer Services, OPI Global, IBS Software Services, ACS Xerox and US Technology.