SmartCity Kochi is yet to have its pavilion ready at the project site that should have been completed in January as per initial plans.
While launching the construction work of the 6,000 sq.ft pavilion, which was to serve as marketing-cum-sales space, on October 8, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had announced that it would be completed in 14 weeks.
However that deadline had already gone by and the facility, which Tecom- the Dubai-based promoters of SmartCity Kochi- declared would be a state-of-the-art pre-engineered structure, is yet to materialize. There were even plans to hold the next meeting of the board of directors scheduled for later this month, in the newly set up pavilion.
In an e-mail interview with The Hindu earlier this month, SmartCity Kochi managing director Baiju George had admitted to a “slight delay” due to some unanticipated holdups in procurement of materials, while ruling out the possibility of the pavilion playing host to the board meeting. The government also seems to be waiting for the promoters to do their part going by the State budget, which made no allocation for SmartCity Kochi compared to Infopark, Technopark, and Cyberpark.