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Thiruvananthapuram, a Hub of Change on the Horizon

I have not met Ajay Prasad, but he is certainly my friend. A friend of every Trivandrumite and more importantly, of everyone who believes in Kerala’s immense potential for transformation. There is always a Malayali behind any substantial investment coming into Kerala. That is not to take away from the fact that we have impressive

I have not met Ajay Prasad, but he is certainly my friend. A friend of every Trivandrumite and more importantly, of everyone who believes in Kerala’s immense potential for transformation. There is always a Malayali behind any substantial investment coming into Kerala. That is not to take away from the fact that we have impressive social development indices and talented people. And in Ajay’s own words, “Kerala has an impressive reputation in terms of talent, is more politically stable than other Indian states and has great social indicators that are very important especially for international investors…” But a tier III city like Thiruvananthapuram is not an easy sell. IBS had V K Mathews, UST Global had late G A Menon, and more recently Nissan had Tony Thomas to bat for us.

Taurus Investment Holdings’ ambitious Downtown Trivandrum – the single largest project ever in the history of Kerala – coming up at Technopark Phase III will change the game for the city and the State, and more so, our IT ecosystem.

The Boston-based global real estate giant has put Kerala on the radar of every decision maker, especially in the knowledge sector. Two critical decision drivers when it comes to picking up space is per seat cost and availability of skilled talent, followed by accessibility and social infrastructure. Taurus’ decision has reinforced Thiruvananthapuram’s credentials, a validation so invaluable for our march ahead that we have to be grateful to the ‘Trivandrum boy’ for it. The commitment with which the Government of Kerala, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, engaged with Taurus to conclude the deal is also commendable.

Taurus’ technology space will provide direct employment to 35,000 professionals while the support infrastructure will employ another 5000. No mean numbers by any measure. But Downtown Trivandrum is not just about creating jobs. It’s about offering an experience that enhances the quality of life. In that sense, Downtown Trivandrum will not be just another fancy building. It will become the hub of social infrastructure.

We need more development evangelists like Ajay who believe in the Kerala story to get us where we want to be. technopolis is proud to feature Ajay Prasad, Country Managing Director – India, Taurus Investment Holdings, on the cover. Happy reading!

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