Staff Reporter

Gem and jewellery park, hardware SEZ on the anvil

KOCHI: The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) has hit a new growth trajectory after the acquisition of 100 acres of land at Kakkanad and receiving big responses to its call for expression of interest in developing a convention centre near Kalamassery.

Kinfra, which played a catalytic role in developing industrial parks in the State including the Infopark, will now concentrate on expanding its area of activities. Among its plans in and around Ernakulam include a gem and jewellery park, a Special Economic Zone for electronics hardware and a biotechnology park, all in Kalamassery, and a watercraft park on Puthuvype Island.

Although nearly 100 acres of land originally meant for developing the Kinfra industrial park at Kakkanad was transferred in November 2003 to the then new entity Infopark, 100 more acres has been acquired for expansion of the industrial park under Kinfra. The Corporation currently provides infrastructure facilities such as electricity and water at the Infopark. Kinfra is a licensee for distribution of electricity and has set up a 20-MW capacity 110-kV sub-station.

It is learnt that the response to an invitation for expression of interest in developing the newly acquired land has been good. The Corporation has also received good response to its plans to build a state-of-the-art trade centre at Kalamassery, where it owns 240 acres. The trade centre will come up on 40 acres.

Of the 240 acres available at Kalamassery, Kinfra has set aside 60 acres for a biotechnology park and 30 acres for a Special Economic Zone for electronics hardware.

Units now operating at the Kinfra industrial park include Kera Fibretex and Kerala Chemicals and Proteins Limited. The Central Warehousing Corporation operates a facility at the park. Among other units in the Kinfra industrial park are Geonair, A&B Toolers, Koyenco Steels, Zeba Lab Furniture, Indo-Swiss Technologies and LJ International, part of the AVT group.

A pineapple processing plant and coir and jute products manufacturing units too are expected to open business soon at the Kinfra Park.