Infopark’s latest IT Building – ‘Jyothirmaya’ launched by Chief Minister Kadamrayar River need to be included in the Haritha Keralam (Green Kerala) project with society support
Infopark’s latest IT building in the 2nd phase – ‘Jyothirmaya’ was dedicated to the State by Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. Shri.PT Thomas, MP; VP Sajeendran MLA , Ernakulam District Collector Shri K Mohammed Y Safirullah IAS, Dr. Safeena IAS, Development Commissioner, CSEZ; Smt. Asha Sanil, District Panchayat President, Ernakulam , were the other dignitaries present for the inaugural function.
Jyothirmaya, the multi-tenated 400,000sq.ft IT building has been built in six acres of land at the notified SEZ area. The G+9 storeyed building is expected to provide employment opportunities to over 4000 IT professionals. The building has a separate 6-storeyed 150,000 sq.ft block that will provide parking facility and space for other commercial activities such as banks, ATMs, food courts, etc. 15 companies have already taken up space in the new building and the building offers spaces in small and big formats at the same time catering to small medium companies and big multi-nationals.
Inaugurating the new building Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan said, “With the opening of Jyothirmaya, we are writing a new development story for Infopark and Kochi. Infopark Phase 2 is being developed as an eco-friendly green park campus to ensure least carbon emissions. The first phase of Infopark houses more than 200 companies with over 30,000 IT professionals working there. With Jyothirmaya opening up, I am hopeful of a great development of Infopark and the IT sector in Kerala simultaneously. We are expecting an investment of Rs. 3000 crore when this project is fully completed. With the Smart City also coming up, this area will turn into the biggest IT corridor with over 500 acres only being developed for IT/ITES and also creating huge job opportunities. Infopark Phase 2 is envisaged as self-contained IT satellite city with all facilities such as schools, apartments, hospitals, convention centre, business hotels etc., promoting the concept of ‘Walk to Work’.”
“Foreseeing the scope of development around Kadamprayar River, I feel it is necessary to include Kadamprayar River in the Government’s ‘Haritha Keralam’ scheme. The natural beauty and the environment around this river needs to be maintained effectively in the wake of development. I urge public representatives in this region and the citizens to take this as a prestigious initiative to protect the beauty and environment of this location. The Government will provide full support in developing this area as world-class IT hub at the same time ensure that the natural beauty of the place in well maintained. The connectivity through Kadamprayar River will be extended from Rajagiri to Infopark Phase 2 as priority. We shall also ensure that the road connectivity is also enhanced. The 2nd phase of Kochi Metro planned through Infopark will also bring a greater connectivity to Kakkanad area. All these development will promote Kakkanad to a world-class IT hub in the years to come.” He added.
The second phase of Infopark that is being developed on 160 acres land on the shores of Kadamprayar river has been envisaged as a ‘walk to work’ IT Township with built up space for IT companies, and other facilities such as business convention centre, budget hotel, shopping complex school, hospital, etc. 102 acres of the project is being notified as Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India. Cognizant Technologies is already operational with its first building. Muthoot Group has already launched its first international school – Sanskara in 5.25 acres of land allotted to them offers classes from KG to 12th standard.
“The campus with water frontage to Kadamprayar river, will have a total built-up area of 8 million sq.ft when it is fully operational with direct employment opportunities to 80, 000 IT professionals.” Said, M Sivasankar, IT Secretary, Govt. of Kerala in his inaugural address.
“The Kakkanad area of Kochi is going to see a huge turnaround once the Infopark Phase 2 and Smart City will be fully operational. We would have created an IT Destination in Kochi that will be equipped with world class infrastructure and facilities. We are receiving a lot of interest from global IT companies who are keen to set up operations in Infopark soon.” He added. “These developments will boost the investment potential of Kerala in the coming years as there will be more IT spaces coming up and in turn will attract more investment to the state and thereby increase employment scope. More and more companies will see Kochi as a potential IT destination in the coming years.”
Infopark has already taken possession of 125 acres of land for Phase 2 development and 85% of this land has already been allotted to IT companies for setting up captive centres and IT infrastructure developers for building IT Parks. 11 companies have already been allotted land. Muthoot Group will be soon constructing a global standard IT Park in 9.37 acres of land in addition to their International School – Sanskara which is already operational. Kosamattam Group is planning an IT building in 1.3 acres, Claysys Infrastructure in 1.6 acres. The work on the IT Building being built by Trans Asia Group is already on the road to completion. Media System will also develop a facility in one acre of land.
“One of the key highlights of the building would be that now people can also come to work on a boat through the Kadamprayar River. The boat service is presently available from Vytilla hub to Rajagiri and the Corporation is planning to extend the service till Phase 2 soon. Kochi Metro is also expected to be extended to Kakkanad in its second phase and with the Seaport Airport Link Infopark will be well connected and will be easy to commute for those who work here. Once the entire campus is ready, working in Phase 2 will be dream come true as one can ‘Walk to Work’ as the 2nd phase is envisaged as a self-contained township.” Said IT Parks Kerala CEO, Hrishikesh Nair.
“For the first time in Kerala, Infopark Phase 2 will house a tier-4 Data Centre of Hyderabad based PI Data Centres in 5.8 acres of land. We are working towards making Phase 2 completely operational by 2023 and we intend to better the success of Infopark Phase 1 with Phase II.” He added. He also highlighted that the other IT parks in Cherthala and Koratty are also doing extremely well with further development activities already underway.