Trivandrum, April 29, 2010: Kerala IT in its pursuit to become a leading IT/ITES destination in the country had recently announced the next phase of expansion of Infopark last year in 160 acres of land at the Kunnathunadu and Puthencuruz village. Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala V S Achuthanandan had laid the foundation stone for the new building on November 28, 2009. Now Kerala IT has floated Request of Proposals from internationally reputed master planners of IT Parks for undertaking Master Planning for Infopark Kochi Phase II for a total built up space of approximately 8 million sq.ft.
Infopark in the last two years have been growing fast and is already home to over 10,000 IT professionals working in world class companies like Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, ACS, US Technologies, IBS, Arbitron, Zerone Consulting, NHR Outsourcing, SIT Mobile, Alcatel Lucent, etc. Spokes of Kochi Infopark in Koratty, Cherthala and Ambalapuzha were inaugurated along with ramp up of co-developer projects including L&T, Leela Group and Brigade.
With the phase II of Infopark, this growth will be fuelled by capitalizing the advantages that Kerala IT has to offer with its robust infrastructure and connectivity. The park will offer the first plug and play BPO facility in the State. The park will be operational by December 2011 and will house domestic parks as well as Special Economic Zones for IT/ITES. The domestic park in this new phase is aimed at creating cost effective infrastructure for the BPO industry. The current financial year’s budget of Government of Kerala has an allocation Rs.50 crores towards infrastructure development schemes for the phase II of Infopark.
Kerala IT is a Government of Kerala initiative offering a single window to a world of opportunities to IT companies, Professionals, Investors, Developers and Service providers alike in the state of Kerala. Kerala IT has many initiatives in the state of Kerala conceived to be developed on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model of development.
“We are inviting RFPs from consultants of international repute to build up the Phase II of Infopark as a facility at par with any facility globally. Like past projects, Infopark will act as a single point developer of basic infrastructure facilities such as substation, power distribution, internal road system, water intake, treatment and storage, data& communication connectivity, land development, compound wall, guest house, common food courts, etc. The work on the first phase will commence after July, 2010 and Infopark Phase 2 will play a pivotal role in helping us sustain the current growth momentum” said Infopark CEO, Siddhartha Bhattacharya.
“The location for the phase II being very scenic, we also want the consultants to ideate how to utilize this location to simultaneously promote Green IT. We plan to develop the campus to tap into future emerging high growth areas like data centers, domestic services as well as renewable areas and the campus design will reflect high efficiency and employee friendly amenities.” He added. “The park when fully completed is expected to generate around 80,000 jobs in IT/ITES/BPO sector apart from the large scale of jobs expected to be created in the services sector.”
“Infopark, Kochi is gaining momentum with the series of developments taking place in the campus. With the RFP floated for phase II expansion, we hope to see some good internationally reputed firms associating with us to establish a world-class campus in Kochi for global IT/ITES companies. The Phase II expansion has already generated a great deal of interest among large cross sections of the IT industry. We will leverage Infopark’s current growth and tap Kochi’s untapped potential to generate differentiated value for the companies that will set shop in Infopark Phase 2” Said Dr Ajay Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary of Kerala.
The RFP can be downloaded from the websites infoparkkochi.com/masterplan and www.keralait.org/masterplan. via [prwire]