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Old October 4th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #41
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Ok, Thanks for that broad explanation Ajay.

Lets not forget that we need more It space to be built in Kerala and the kicking off of these projects are vital as we still need to wait many more months for new space to be created in Trivandrum. All this fretting about ''missing busses'' and fights w.r.t the technicalities of the projects are really pulling us down, big time.

I really would like to see Smart City and the likes rise up along with the Technopark and Technocity and the private developments. Last thing I heard was that the BoA in the Centre refused SEZ status for the whole of Smart City land bcoz there is a river flowing through the land!! This is serious waste of time and we just cant afford it..

Ok, we shall stop the SEZ discussions here, as you tell, and not contribute more in wasting the bandspace here
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KSRTC plans commercial complex

PATHANAMTHITTA: Transport Minister Mathew T Thomas has said that the KSRTC would set up a Rs 30-crore bus terminal-cum-commercial complex here and in Tiruvalla.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, Mathew T Thomas said that these bus terminal-cum-commercial complexes were part of 30 such projects to come up across the state.

The Minister said that the KSRTC would be expected to earn Rs 100 crore from the projects, which would be undertaken on BOT basis. Through the projects, the corporation could be able to utilise the excess land available with the KSRTC in the state. The work on the Angamaly project has already started and the Kozhikode Twin Tower, Thampanoor, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram Fort and Peroorkada projects would be completed in the first phase. The design for the Pathanamthitta project, which was already approved, was prepared by Ernakulam-based C-Earth.

The four-storeyed terimal-cum-commercial complex at Pathanmathitta, to be built on international standards, would have a total area of 2.20 lakh sq feet. The special terminal would have a 5,000 sq metre roofed terrace for the Sabarimala pilgrims during the pilgrimage season, he said.

The terminal would have garage, lifts, RTC administrative office, commercial offices, gift shop, flower shop, book stalls, medical shop and three-metre pathway for passengers, the Minister said. The 10-storeyed Tiruvalla bus station-cum-shopping complex has been designed by Thiruvananthapuram-based Vasthusilpaya, he said. BUS SERVICE: He said that KSRTC would soon introduce Pathanamthitta-Gavi-Pachakanam bus service.

He said that the corporation’s daily collection crossed Rs 3 crore at present. K Sivadasan Nair, MLA, Municipal Chairman Zakhir Hussain, KSRTC chief engineer R Indu, zonal officer M D Ravikumar, T K G Nair and Jerry Easow Oommen were present.

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Old October 6th, 2008, 04:38 PM   #43
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Apollo Health to open Cardle in Kerala

The Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited (AHLL) announced that it broke ground for its third state of the art birthing center “The Cradle” in Kozhikode, Kerala. The Cradle will be the newest and most complete women’s center in Kozhikode dedicated specifically to the physical and emotional needs of expecting mothers and newborns. The Cradle Kozhikode is an initiative of Dr. Kutty Healthcare Private Limited in conjunction with the Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited.

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Titanium sponge plant to come up in Kollam

State government-owned Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd has chalked out a plan to set up a titanium complex consisting of a 10,000-tpa titanium sponge plant, titanium metal, alloy components and downstream products, a top official at KSIDC told Projectmonitor. The project will come up on land adjacent to an existing factory of Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd at Chavara in Kollam district of Kerala, he said.
KSIDC recently invited expressions of interest from companies for associating with the Kerala government as a strategic partner. The government will hold a minimum 26 per cent stake in this project.
When contacted, Karma Chandran, GM and in-charge of the project, could not give the exact cost as it was the first such mega titanium project in the country. However, he said that a project of this size may cost anywhere between Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 1,500 crore.
Titanium tetrachloride, the raw material for sponge, would be arranged by KSIDC at market price from Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd, a state-owned company. The government will arrange infrastructure facilities such as land, power and water, and will facilitate regulatory clearances, Chandran added.
It may be noted that KMML was in the process of setting up a 500-tpa titanium sponge plant on 15 acres at Chavara in Kollam district. This project is being implemented in collaboration with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at a cost of Rs 95 crore, funded by VSSC since the end-product is meant for them. "The project is progressing as per plan and is scheduled for completion by this year-end," the KSIDC official said.
Titanium, known for its excellent corrosion resistance, high strength and low density, is widely used for aero-engine and airframe structures in both civilian and military aircraft. Titanium-alloy components also find applications in satellite launch vehicles, rockets and missiles. Titanium is extracted in the form of titanium sponge from its oxide minerals through magnesium reduction of its chloride intermediate. However, the sponge production process is complex and cumbersome. Technical knowhow for the production of titanium sponge has so far been available with a select group of developed countries comprising Japan, USA, CIS, UK and China. As of now, India's total titanium requirement is being met by imports even though it possesses a large reserve base of titanium minerals.
The KSIDC official pointed out that Kerala was the only state with possibilities of setting up titanium projects, besides Tamil Nadu where a similar project was stalled recently due to protests from locals. "From beach sand Ilmenite is produced and from Ilmenite titanium tetrachloride (TT) is produced and finally from TT downstream products such as titanium sponge can be produced," the official explained, adding that these special products found application in aerospace and aviation industry.


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Grand Kerala Shopping Festival from Dec 1

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The second edition of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF), the State Government’s shopping extravaganza to make the State a shopper’s paradise, will start on December 1. Nearly 60 sovereigns of gold will be distributed as prizes during the festival, which will go on till January 15, 2009. Besides online registration, SMS registration is also possible.

Those merchants’ associations who were not part of the first GKSF have decided to be part of the second edition, said a press release issued here on Thursday. Of the total Rs 20 crore earmarked in the budget for the festival, Rs 5 crore will be spent on renovating the Chalai market in Thiruvananthapuram, Broadway and Mattancherry markets in Ernakulam and Mithai Theruvu (SM Street) in Kozhikode.

The 14 districts have been divided into three zones and the number of prizes have been increased to attract more participants. Draws will be held every week in these zones and 25 gold sovereigns each will be given as first prize. The second prize will be two gold sovereigns each for three persons. The third prize of one gold sovereign each will be given to 100 people.

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Past 4 days mathrubhumi is publishing a feature about malappuram district and its developments in various fields....now malappuram is really surging ahead along wid other districts in kerala in almost every fields, the districts which is considered underdeveloped hav taken a big leap in education and health sectors....can anybody post this news from mathrubhumi e-paper...
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Here is the List of Major Infrastructure Companies submitted the RFQ for Four Laning of Kuttipuram – Edapally section of NH-17 included in NHDP Phase-IIIB from km 318.00 to 438.600 (Package No.NHDP/Ph III/KL/01) which is under evaluation.

Navinya Buildcom Pvt. Ltd. - Atlantia S.P.A
Gammon-Mcquarie
Reliance Infrastructure-AAA Communication Private Ltd-Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Group Co. Ltd -Consortium
Maytas Infra Assets Ltd and China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co. Ltd - Consortium
HCC Ltd and John Laing Investments Ltd - Consortium
Isolux Corsan Concesiones - SOMA Enterprise Ltd.- Consortium
Madhucon-CSCIH - Consortium
IDEB-SUCG- JV
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
DLF Infra - Gayatri Power - Consortium
IRB-MRM
KMC-ETA
ATLANTA-PATEL-KNR J.V
Nagarajuna Construction Co. Ltd.
Progressive -Konaseema Consortium
Oriental Structure Engineers Pvt Ltd.
In view of Clause 2.1.18 of RFP, The Following were withdrew from the Project
Navinya Buildcom Pvt. Ltd. - Atlantia S.P.A
Reliance Infrastructure-AAA Communication Private Ltd-Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Group Co. Ltd -Consortium
Maytas Infra Assets Ltd and China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co. Ltd - Consortium
HCC Ltd and John Laing Investments Ltd - Consortium
Isolux Corsan Concesiones - SOMA Enterprise Ltd.- Consortium
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 05:41 PM   #48
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Alignment of NH-47 from Kazhakkoottam to Kanyakumari & NH-47B

NH-47 Alignment
Kazhakuttam-Chacka-Inchakkal-Kovalam-Mukkola-Puthenkada-Thirupuram-Ayira-Manjamkuzhi-Adakkakuzhi-Pirakode-Kuluvilai- Mayapuram-Tamarakulam-Kappukkadu, Mulamkuzhi-Palliyadi- Vadavila-Pukkadai-Kozhiporuvila-Paruthikattuvilai- Pandaravilai- Thackalai- Pandaravilai-Puchikad- Chungankadai- Ozhukinasseri- Karuppukottai-Therur- Manavila-Kottaram-Kanyakumari Bypass.

From Kazhakkoottam to Kerala/TN Border

The alignment utilises the existing Thiruvananthapuram Bypass from Kazhakkoottam to Kovalam (22.6 Kms). The second phase of Thiruvananthapuram by pass starts from Kovalam and passes through Mukkola-Puthenkada-Thirupuram and Ayira and joins Kerala/Tamilnadu Border at Manjamkuzhi near Karode.

From Kovalam, the original bypass alignment proposed by Kerala PWD (NH) is followed upto Ayira for 17.743 Kms. Further it deviates from the PWD alignment for a short length and crosses Kerala Border at Manjamkuzhi Karode. Under the proposal, the existing bypass is to be widened to four lane with central median of 4.5m, hard shoulders of 1.5m and earthen shoulders of 1.5m.

Approx.a distance of 18.6kms from Kovalam, the original proposal was to deviate from the PWD alignment and cross Kerala – TN Border near Thirupuramafter crossing Poovar East Canal and Neyyar River.

However, the alignment of Thiruvananthapuram bypass Phase II from Kovalam to Kaliyakkavila was approved by the Ministry of Surface Transport way back in 1989. Knowing this, the local people who are put up in this alignment stopped construction of new houses and started shifting from this route as a precaution. The alignment proposed earlier deviates from the original bypass alignment at Kanjiramkulam and takes a route further west, which requires evacuation of people already shifted from the original alignment. This has raised much hue and cry from the public and political leaders and there is strong demand to follow the old bypass alignment and the matter was also taken up with High court of Kerala by the local villagers. Hence another option is followed in which the original bypass alignment will be followed up to Ayira Village and then deviate to cross the Kerala border.

Hence, the original bypass alignment will be followed from Kazhakkoottam to Ayira in the Kerala portion.

Kanjiramkulam, Uranvila and Thirupuram villages is avoided. However, there is a slight increase in length by 1.72 km than the first proposal.

From Kerala/TN Border to Kanyakumari

The alignment after crossing the Kerala border at Manjamkuzhi proceeds through areas of Adakkakuzhi, Pirakode, Kuluvilai and finally crosses Tamraparani river. The alignment passes through Mayapuram, Thamarakulam, Kappukkadu, and Mulamkuzhi villages and passes near Palliyadi and crosses Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari railway line here.After that it passes through Vadavila, Pukkadai, Kozhiporuvila and Paruthikattuvilai.The alignment cuts Kozhiporuvila-Pukkadai road and Eraniel branch canal and passes through Pandaravilai village. It also cuts Thiruvankode - Milady road and Aluvarcoil – Manjanuvila road connecting existing NH-47 near Thuckalai. Then it crosses river Valliyar and passes through Pandaravilai, Puchikad and cuts Villukuri canal and joins the existing NH-47. After joining the existing NH, the alignment follows the existing NH-47 for a length of 0.81 Kms of existing NH-47. Thereafter the alignment deviates from the existing NH-47 towards left side of Chungankadai Village crosses Puthery – Vadaserry road. Further it crosses Palayar River and Teraikkalpudur road and joins NH-47B at Ozhukanassery. After it crosses Nagercoil – Tirunelveli railway line and runs through Karuppukottai, Therur villages. This portion of alignment runs north of Nagercoil and Suchindram and joins NH-47 near Manavila junction.From there it follows the existing road up to a length of 3.44km and deviates on RHS for bypassing Kottaram village and joins the proposed NH-7 Bypass for Kanyakumari immediately after Kottaram village.


NH-47B from Nagercoil to Kavalkinaru

The alignment starts at Ozhukanassery and cuts Teraikkalpudur-Thirupathisaram road and crosses Puthanar canal and crosses a small stream and cuts Veeramarthandanpuram-Sivagnanapuram.Further it crosses Thirunelveli-Nagercoil railway line and cross the Murungur -Thirumalipuram road and Thovalai channel. The alignment is bypassing Thovalai and it crosses the Thovalai railway station road.Further It crosses a raod leading to Muthunagar.It also crosses the Devasagai Malai- Arulvaimozhi road and also another road leading to MGR Nagar. It also crosses Muppandal-Kumarapuram road and joins NH-7 at Kavalkinaru.


PS:-Please Excuse me if any Place Name mentioned wrongly as I'm not much familiar with most of these places.
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Kerala tops primary education index

CHENNAI: Kerala is ranked No. 1 among the 21 major states (large in geographical area) in the latest composite Education Development Index (EDI) p
repared for the primary and upper primary levels of schooling for 2006-07.

Delhi comes second, followed by Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka in the report, which was released by Union human resources development ministry in New Delhi on Friday. The report on the EDI was prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) based on the District Information System for Education (DISE), a comprehensive database on elementary education in India, which is had created in recent years.

"The indicators used in computing the EDI included access, infrastructure, teachers and outcome. In the broader sense, we had used 23 indices like number of schools per 1000 child population, average student-classroom ratio, pupil-teacher ratio, gross enrolment ratio and gender parity index," a source in NUEPA said.


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Alignment of NH-47 from Cherthala to Kazhakoottam

Cherthala-Oachira

Thiruvoor- Cherthala- Marthorvattom- S.L. Puram- Kalavoor- Poongavu- Alappuzha(Bypass)- Kalathara- Punnapara- Neerkunnam- Ambalapuzha- Purakadu- Thottapally- Karuvatta- Haripad- Nangiar kulangara- Cheppad- Kayamkulam- Krishnapuram- Oachira

Oachira-Thiruvananthapuram

Oachira-Vavvakavu-Karunagappally-Edappallikkotta-Chavara-Neendakara-Shakthikulangara-Kollam(Bypass)-Umayanalloor-Kottiyam-Mylakkad-Ithikkara-Chathannoor-Karamcode-Kalluvathukkal-Parippally-Navaikulam-Kallambalam-Thottakadu-Attingal(Bypass)-Mamom-Korani-Thonnakkal-Mangalapuram-Pallipuram-Kazhakkoottam

Kollam Bypass
The alignment of Kollam Bypass starts from Allharamamad and passes through Thrikkadavoor, Kallumthazham and Ayathil and joins near Kottiyam

Attingal Bypass
Proposed bypass is starting from Manamboor junction near Deviapura Nagar temple after the Thottakkad-Valakottumala-Puthencode-Perumkulam-MLA Palam near palamkonam jn- Meleattingal-Thottavaram-Kunnuvaram-Ramachanvila-Kaduvayil Ela-Kavanasseri Ela-Chittanttinkara and will join near Mamom bridge.
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Proposed Bidding Dates

Proposed Bidding Dates for NH Projects in Kerala

Kuttipuram-Edappally-> 19.11.2008
TVPM-Kerala/TN Border-> 01.12.2008
Cherthala-Oachira-> 10.12.2008
Oachira-Thiruvananthapuram-> 11.12.2008
Kannur-Kuttipuram Package I-> 12.12.2008
Kannur-Kuttipuram Package II-> 15.12.2008
Kerala/TN Border-Kanyakumari-> 24.12.2008
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DLF to invest Rs40bn in Kerala

The real estate developer DLF Ltd is planning to invest Rs40bn over a period of five years in various parts of Kerala.

The company has reportedly said that it will be looking at setting up a number of commercial projects including hotels, shopping malls and office complexes and many residential projects over the next five years.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two regional science centres, complete with the observational telescope and planetarium, will be launched by the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum and Priyadarsini Planetarium at Alappuzha and Kasaragod.
The proposed centres, which will act as miniature replicas of the Thiruvananthapuram-based science and technology museum, will be set up at Ambalappuzha and Kumbazha on the land offered by the respective district panchayats. “We are in the process of acquiring land and checking the quality and availability of groundwater in the designated areas,” said G. Arul Jerald Prakash, director-in-charge of the science and technology museum and planetarium.
The science and technology museum in Thiruvananthapuram requires nearly 15,000 litres of water per day to meet the demand of its 6,000 daily visitors.
Mobile planetarium
The highlight of these centres, expected to cost Rs.9 crore each, will be an 11-inch computerised GPS (Global Positioning System) telescope that can be used to gaze stars and other celestial objects. “The telescope will automatically hunt for the planet or star you wish to locate,” said Mr. Prakash. Yet another attraction will be a mobile planetarium that can be carried in an air bag. This inflatable planetarium that resembles an igloo is around 10 ft in height and 20 ft in diameter. Visitors will have to crawl inside this planetarium.
Some of the other features include a Science Park for children, clubs and an EDUSAT satellite based interactive terminal that will enable students to talk to teachers in New Delhi and clarify science related doubts. “We hope to open the centres to the public by next year once we have the basic infrastructure, including the telescope and planetarium, in place,” said the director-in-charge.
The constitution of district level science centres with the objective of inculcating scientific temper in the minds of the rural population has been one of the stated objectives of the memorandum of association, a government charter, framed during the setting up of the Thiruvananthapuram museum in 1984.
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Kerala government unveils its unified IT brand at GITEX Technology Week

UAE. The government of Kerala, India, is unleashing a unified IT brand initiative, to drive the state towards the status of a holistic and preferred IT destination in India, it was announced by officials at the GITEX Technology Week 2008 yesterday.

A high level delegation comprising of Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary for Information Technology, government of Kerala; RK Nair, CEO, Technopark and Siddhartha Bhattacharya, CEO, Infopark are representing the south Indian state at the GITEX Technology Week this year.

Commenting on Kerala government’s participation at GITEX this year, Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary of Information Technology, government of Kerala, said: “We are pleased to showcase Kerala as the leading IT destination in India at an event such as GITEX. We have been able to attract some of the leading firms in the IT space to set shop in Kerala in recent years. We are looking forward to meeting IT companies based in and around this region at GITEX, for us to explain what we can offer them. Apart from IT companies, we are also inviting real estate firms to build and operate facilities for IT industry in Kerala.”

The primary drive towards establishing Kerala as the preferred IT destination arises as the government of Kerala acknowledges the critical importance of information technology as an instrument for the state's overall development and remains deeply committed to its dissemination, both as a crucial engine of economic growth and as a tool for increasing productivity, speed and transparency in governance and improved quality of life for the common man.

Kerala's lead over the other states in India on almost all social indicators is universally acknowledged. What is less known is that the spread of societal development is uniform throughout the state and not restricted to select cities. The benefits of social progression have been disseminated to the maximum number of people. Regional disparities are, more or less, non-existent.

This distinctive resort town ambience coupled with the highest physical quality of life, are seen by lot of companies as reason enough to move into Kerala. Today, Kerala has a lot more to offer. Consummate real estate solutions, an investor friendly government, easy availability of qualified personnel and an extremely facilitating and scalable infrastructure beckon the IT industry. And the best part is that these are available at the most economical rates. These advantages are putting Kerala as one of the most sought after destination for the IT and ITES industries in the country.

The recent NASSCOM survey on leading IT/ITES destinations covering a range of parameters including land costs, power and communication infrastructure ranked Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram as a top notch ITES destinations with potential of challenging metros like Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. A100% literacy rate and a very high level of e-literacy aided by government led projects such as Akshaya, Friends and Step ensures a ready manpower resource for the ITES/BPO sector in Kerala.

To promote IT parks in Kerala, the government has adopted a hub and spokes model. There are two hubs already developed, namely Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark, Kochi. The third hub, Cyberpark, will be launched soon and will be based in Kozhikode. These three hubs will cater to the respective nearby areas.

One of the largest IT parks in India, Technopark is a unique convergence of the best IT infrastructure and a stimulating environment. It is the first IT park in the country to be assessed at CMMI Level 4. Strategically located ten minutes from Thiruvanathapuram International Airport, Technopark, boasts of some of the renowned corporate names in the domain of IT and ITES. Technopark is currently on an major expansion mode by adding another 92 acres, making a total 392 acres, as phase three expansion and 450 acres as Technocity, an integrated IT township.

The Taj Group of Hotels has recently commissioned a business class hotel inside the Technopark campus. The hotel, built on one acre of land, caters to the long standing demand for quality accommodation within the park.

Infopark located at Kochi, is the second IT Park being developed by the government of Kerala. To set up this project, the government has transferred 100 acres of land which is now under the ownership and possession of Infoparks Kerala, which is an independent society fully owned by the government.

Infopark has ambitious plans to become one of the major IT parks in India. With this vision, it has been growing fast ever since its inception in 2004, and within a short period of time, has attracted investments from IT majors like Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Affiliated Computer Services, OPI Global, IBS Software Services and US Technology. Because of the fast growth rate achieved and strategic positioning of Infopark in the upcoming city of Kochi (previously known as Cochin), Infopark is well known among the IT/ITES investors as a high potential destination.

Smart City Kochi is a joint venture project by the government of Kerala and TECOM Investment of Dubai (owner of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City). It has been envisaged as an IT township project aimed at creating a world class infrastructure for the IT/ITES companies in a self contained campus. The total project is spread across a land area of 246 acres in Kochi.

The project is planed to be developed as a Special Economic Zone encompassed by commercial, recreational and residential areas. The proposed direct investments on infrastructural development is for the development of 8.80 million square feet of built up space. The project coordination and master planning for the project have begun. The Department of Commerce, government of India has granted formal approval for 136 acres for setting up the Special Economic Zone.

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KERALA BUILDERS SHOWCASED THEIR PROJECTS IN BANGALORE

DH - IDBI property expo: offering a multitude of options

The premier property show, 'Homespace', jointly organised by Deccan Herald and IDBI at Kanteerava Stadium, drew the expected response from the public.

The Kerala pavilion set up, threw light on the construction boom in ‘God’s own country’. There were several players, mostly from Calicut and Cochin, showcasing their properties. With the prices ranging from Rs 2,650 to Rs 3,250 per sq ft, the architectural designs looked very interesting. The sales pitch was that the prices were going to appreciate by the time the projects were completed and it was a good business investment option.

According to one of the builders, the NRIs’ from the Gulf are the major investors in their properties and it is usually through word of mouth that the investments keep happening. A beachfront apartment in Calicut, offered by one of the promoters, has no common walls and is currently priced at Rs 2,800 per sq ft.
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That expo was very drab one, it happened some weeks back. I had been there, my previous company had participated in it. Poor turnout also.
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Kerala to offer 2 lakh IT jobs


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Even as the world is grappling with a financial crisis, Kerala has opened up investment in its IT industry with the target of generating
over 200,000 jobs in the next five years.

"In these tumultuous times, there is a chance for smaller players to go up and we want to move up to the leader's spot," Ajay Kumar, Kerala information technology secretary, told media during a visit.

Kumar is leading a high level delegation from Kerala at the ongoing Gitex 2008 show here, which is the Middle East's largest technology fair, to promote the south Indian state as an IT hub among prospective investors.

He said that the Kerala government was in the process of scaling up its operations in the IT sector multi-fold and is seeking investors for this.

"There are three types of investment opportunities. One is investment in IT townships and SEZs (special economic zones). Second is investment in standalone IT parks and the third is investment by IT companies and carrying out their operations from Kerala," Kumar said.

"Today we have two IT parks -- Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark in Kochi. We are scaling up (the number of parks in the state) from two to 10 over the next 10 years." He said as these parks take shape, employment opportunities in the state's IT sector will grow immensely.

"Today we have 40,000-45,000 employees in the IT sector. Our plan is to multiply this several fold, at least fivefold in the next five years or so," he said.

Stating that Kerala's IT department was showcasing the state as a premier IT destination for the first time ever through its participation in GITEX, he said Malayalis in the Gulf are being targeted as potential investors.

"Till now, our focus was on Technopark and Infopark in Kerala. But now, for the first time, we are opening up investment opportunities. The standalone IT parks offer a unique opportunity. "We are basically targeting Malayalis in the Gulf who may be interested in making safe investments back home," he said.

A large number of the over 4.8 million expatriate Indians in the Gulf hail from Kerala. Kumar explained that creating standalone parks required
far lower investment than facilities like Technopark and Infopark.

He said the idea was to spread the IT sector from Thiruvananthpuram and Kochi to other parts of the state.

"Typically, a standalone park can come up on one or two acres of land and will require investment of Rs 5-20 crore (Rs 50-200 million). The land will be given on lease to investors who can run the park on BOT (build, operate and transfer) basis," he said, adding that the government has already identified around 10 places for this.

The other investment opportunity of creating IT companies or BPOs, he said, was aimed at generating investment in the sector in interior and rural areas.

Kumar said that though the global financial crisis has affected Kerala like everyone else, it also offered the state a chance to catapult itself to the top league of the IT sector.

"Nothing is insulated these days, so, if anything global happens, it affects everyone. But Kerala has not been badly affected for two reasons. One is, a large part of Kerala's industries is homegrown, so they are not affected.

"Second is, we are relatively small. So in crises like this, big players fall more heavily than smaller players," he said.

Kumar added that Kerala, with its good connectivity -- 85 per cent of its villages have broadband connection -- and quality human resources offered an ideal investment climate in the IT sector.

He said the current crisis has only slightly affected Kerala's growth path and so it now has an opportunity to capitalise on the scene.

"In several surveys, we have been put in challenger category -- the number two category -- and not the number one category as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune. In such tumultuous times, which offer smaller players a chance to grow, we want to jump from the challenger category to the leader category," he said.
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The Following are the possible final eligible Companies/Consortia for Bidding of Thiruvananthapuram to Kerala/TN Border

SREI-Ashoka -Atlantia Consortium
Maytas - CR18G Consortium
Reliance Infrastructure -RIPL- JTEG
Isolux- Soma
IDEB - SUCG Consortium
Larsen & Toubro Ltd
Gammon - Macquire
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SEZ aproved from kerala (Area in ha) (Obtained from SEZ aproval Authority website)

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SEZ District wise

EKM - ~550 ha (1360 Acres) + 100 acres CSEZ
TVM - ~56 ha (134 acres)
Kasaragode - 40(100 acres)
Alappuzha - 38 (96 acres)
CLT - ~12 (30 acres)
KNR - ~10 (25 acres)

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