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Mayor convenes meeting with campus officials

Government has approved the construction of buildings on the premises: Technopark officials Technopark to ensure the welfare of migrant workers Joint panel to recommend measures for solid waste management

Thiruvananthapuram: The City Corporation will join hands with the Technopark management for the development of the region around the IT campus.

The two sides on Friday agreed to prepare a detailed town-planning scheme for the region. The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Mayor C. Jayan Babu with Technopark officials.

Both sides agreed to the proposal for a joint inspection to check for violations of building rules and ensure that environmental regulations are observed during the expansion phase.

Technopark officials who participated in the meeting said a detailed master plan had been prepared for the development of the campus. They said the Government had approved the construction of buildings on the premises.

The discussions centred on the problems caused by the reclamation of wetlands for the construction of buildings for IT firms. Citing the concerns raised by the residents in the Kuzhivila and Kulathur wards, Corporation councillors pointed out that roads had been cut off and natural drainage channels blocked owing to skewed development.

They said Technopark was being blamed for polluting the neighbouring canal and depleting groundwater resources in the region. The Corporation also pointed to the failure to submit building plans for tax assessment.

Technopark CEO V.J. Jayakumar told the meeting that the software industry would think of becoming an active partner in the development of the roads and other infrastructure in the region around the campus. Technopark also promised to cooperate with the local body to bring all the buildings within the campus within the tax net.

Mr. Jayakumar said Technopark would ensure the welfare of migrant workers involved in the construction of buildings for IT firms.

The meeting thrashed out an agreement to set up an inspection team to identify the existing environmental problems and resolve building rule violations.

A joint committee of officials from the Corporation and Technopark will inspect the campus on Monday.

The panel will examine the approved plans and fix the tax for unassessed buildings on the campus. It will explore the options to clear the natural drainage channels and open up the roads blocked by the construction of boundary walls.

The panel will also recommend measures for solid waste management and treatment of wastewater generated by the companies housed in the Technopark premises.

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