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Focus on Infrastructure in IT Parks

The Kerala Government is leaving no stone unturned in transforming the State into a leading IT hub of the country. Ensuring seamless connectivity and sustainable water supply to all IT Parks, effective management of traffic within and immediate surroundings of parks etc are some of the things being considered on a priority basis. As you

The Kerala Government is leaving no stone unturned in transforming the State into a leading IT hub of the country. Ensuring seamless connectivity and sustainable water supply to all IT Parks, effective management of traffic within and immediate surroundings of parks etc are some of the things being considered on a priority basis.

As you are aware, Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) is conducting a survey among employees of Technopark to study the feasibility of including the campus in the proposed alignment of Light Metro. The survey has been initiated on the request of the Government and also owing to the demands raised by various Technopark-based organisations. IT Parks Kerala has informed the concerned authorities that Technopark’s connectivity to the Light Metro network would boost the Park’s development potential and reduce the traffic woes being faced by the techies considerably. The Group of Technology Companies (GTech) also submitted a petition to the Chief Minister requesting that the project should benefit the 60,000-plus community at the Technopark. I hope the techies are actively participating in the survey.

IT Parks Kerala has also engaged NATPAC to suggest the optimum solution for the traffic issues during peak time at Technopark. The report is expected shortly.

Similarly, IT Parks Kerala is working with concerned authorities to ensure better public transport from various stations of the Kochi Metro to Infopark and other IT campuses at Kakkanad. To be implemented with the support of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), the plan is to introduce feeder buses to Infopark from metro stations such as Kaloor, Palarivattom and Kalamassery. There will be bus services throughout the day with increased frequency during peak hours. A survey among the Infopark employees is in progress and I request all of them to actively take part in it.

IT Parks Kerala has decided to entrust Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) Kozhikode to find a long-term solution to the water supply woes at Infopark. Recently, there was a disruption in the water supply from KINFRA. We have taken adequate short-term measures to mitigate the issue, but a long-term solution will be in place at the earliest.

While on this, the homegrown IT major ClaySys Technologies has opened its own campus at Infopark. ClaySys was founded in 2010 at Infopark with less than 20 employees. It now has more than 250 employees and caters primarily to the US market and consists of Facebook, Deloitte and JP Morgan Chase besides several mid-sized international companies. The opening of ClaySys campus at Infopark is a great milestone.

A homegrown company, Lanware, also started its operations from Transasia building in Infopark recently. I wish both the companies all success in their future endeavours.

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