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In Malabar, the hot topic these days is development and investments, writes BIJU GOVIND.

In January, The Hindu conducted a panel discussion on “Malabar Rising — a roadmap for Malabar’s development” to mark the first anniversary of its Kozhikode edition.

Panellists from diverse fields, including elected representatives, officials and industrialists, came out with suggestions on tapping the potential of Malabar, once a hub of international trade between India and the western world.

Speakers lamented the fall of Malabar’s glory, and called for reviving it by focussing on its core sectors and developing better infrastructure.

In the first week of July, the Calicut Press Club organised a conclave, “Mapping Malabar,” aimed at charting a new course for industry in Malabar.

This brainstorming session saw various stakeholders discussing the inherent strengths of the region, assessing the investment possibilities and upcoming projects.

Bright prospects

Nearly everyone spoke about the prospects of Malabar with the changing industrial environment in the State. The region has more advantages than south and central Kerala, considering that a large number of successful Malabar businessmen live abroad, particularly West Asia.

The huge foreign remittances, the skilled manpower and the friendly nature of the people are among the advantages of Malabar.

A plethora of projects, among them information technology parks, a new airport at Kannur and new medical colleges in Malappuram and Kozhikode, usher in hope for the region and its citizens.

These panel discussions seem to have been a precursor to many development-centric discussions and huge investments.

The discussions are mostly centred on developing segments such as IT and IT-enabled services, tourism, health-care services, knowledge and education parks and above all, the housing sector.

The projects mooted are not just in urban areas but also in the rural regions.

The private sector, along with charitable and religious organisations, is taking an active role in building these projects in north Kerala.

The projects envisaged are not confined to commercial infrastructure but are also aimed at improving living standards.

Knowledge City

A recently announced project is Markaz Knowledge City, an innovative initiative of Jamia Markaz.

The developers say the project will redefine value-based living with many features and unmatched amenities.

The project in the first phase will occupy 50 hectares of land, with a township including Sharia City, which contains Academic City, Healthcare City, Commercial City and Residential Enclave.

It will be a global village of education as well, with schools, libraries, research centres, heritage villages and health-care centres.

New institutions

The Muslim Educational Society has decided to set up a super-specialty hospital in Kozhikode district. A sum of Rs. 25 crore has been earmarked for the proposal in its Budget for 2013-14. Another Rs. 20 crore has been earmarked for a new engineering college in the district.

A sum of Rs.15 crore has been allocated for other new colleges, Rs. 2.5 crore for schools and Rs. 3.5 crore for orphanages, special schools, hospitals and hostels.

The society has proposed a business and architecture school of international standards at Kakkodi in the district. The school will start functioning in the next academic year.

A Non-Resident Indian businessman has come up with a Rs. 2,000-crore township project at Ayikkarappadi.

This involves a convention centre, a sports stadium, star hotels, shopping malls, international business schools and medical tourism hospitals.

The projects envisaged are not confined to commercial infrastructure but are also aimed at improving the life of the people.


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