KERALA

Government to hold discussions with Opposition parties on Smart City project

CLEARING DOUBTS: Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan holding discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy regarding the Smart City project at the office of the latter on Monday. Photo: S. Gopakumar

CLEARING DOUBTS: Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan holding discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy regarding the Smart City project at the office of the latter on Monday. Photo: S. Gopakumar  

Achuthanandan says Chandy agreed to consider Opposition concerns

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has promised further steps to remove the concerns of the Opposition regarding the proposed Smart City project.

This was one of the outcomes of the talks Leader of the Opposition V. S. Achuthanandan had with the Chief Minister on Monday evening.

As per the understanding reached at the meeting, the Government will hold a detailed discussion with the Opposition parties on the project after the Opposition has time to study the details provided by the Government during the talks.

The Leader of the Opposition told press persons after the meeting that the Chief Minister had agreed to consider incorporating of provisions against diversion of the land given by the Government, for purposes other than development of IT infrastructure.

The Government side clarified that the detailed agreement would address the concerns in this regard.

Mr. Achuthanandan demanded that the Government owned Infopark should on no account be transferred to the promoters (Dubai Internet City). If the promoters failed to create the promised jobs, provision should be made for taking back the land.

As the Government was providing 90 per cent of the infrastructure facilities, its share in the project should be raised to 51 per cent. Regarding concessions, the agreement with the Internet City should stick to the State Government information technology policy in letter and spirit.

Officials said that the promoters were unwilling to give even 26 per cent equity to the Government. Besides, the Government did not have money to subscribe to such a large portion of the shares.

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