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Building to be ready for commercial launch by 2011

Project expected to create 30,000 direct jobs by 2015

Eco-friendly park to have a built-up area of 4 lakh sq ft

Kozhikode: The Land Revenue Commissioner has approved the draft declaration for completing the land acquisition process for the proposed Cyber Park coming up at Nellikode. The foundation stone for the project will be laid this month.

“We expect to complete the acquisition of the balance land from the 43 acres notified for the park very soon,” Binu Pazhoor, CEO, Cyber Park, said.

Architectural consulting firm N.M. Salim and Associates has been awarded the master planning and detailed architectural consulting for the first information technology (IT) building in the proposed IT park.

The 1.5-lakh sq ft of the building, with a total built-up area of 4 lakh sq ft, will be ready for commercial launch by early 2011.

The project is expected to provide direct employment to 1,500 people in 2011 and the remaining space on the completion of the project will generate nearly 30,000 direct jobs by 2015. “We expect to start the construction work by July,” Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, said.

The Cyber Park is the first eco-friendly IT park being developed as a hub-and-spoke model in the north Kerala region.

SEZ status

With the hub being built on 43 acres of land in Kozhikode, the spokes will be set up in Kannur and Kasaragod districts. The park will provide Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non-SEZ space for clients serving the domestic and the international markets. The park will provide basic infrastructure such as a 110-kV substation, internal roads, rainwater harvesting, waste water recycling and eco-friendly waste management.

Both national and international players are keen to start business here. “We are also looking into phase-II development plans in Kozhikode very soon,” he said.

More initiatives

The IT department has many initiatives on the lines of the hub-and-spoke model of development. Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram; Infopark, Kochi; and Cyber Park, Kozhikode; will act as the hubs while satellite centres are being developed at Kollam, Ambalapuzha, Cherthala, Thrissur, Kannur and Kasaragod.

The IT parks have an association with the Kerala State Information Technology Mission and Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd.

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