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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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MEGAPROJECT: Technocity Trivandrum | 20 Mn Sq Ft SEZ

Techno City near Pallippuram soon

Friday October 14 2005 12:58 IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The proposed ‘Techno City’ will come up on a 5,00-acre land between Pallippuram and Mangalapuram near the Technopark here.

The Techno City project is being conceived as a township, which will address most of the long-pending demands of the IT companies and techies working in the Technopark here.

The Techno City will be set up as a joint venture initiative. However, the modalities for the public-private participation for the project are yet to be decided.

As per the initial proposal, the government will have to spend at least Rs 100 crore for the acquisition of land earmarked for the ambitious venture for creating basic infrastructure facilities such as power, water and road facilities.

According to sources, the initial proposal is yet to get the ratification from the Finance Department.

As per the proposal, apart from the facility centres in the IT and IT-enabled services sectors, the Techno City will also meet the residential purposes of those working in companies in the Techno City.

It will also house education institutions, hospitals, entertainment centres and commercial complexes.

The 440/220 KV line of the National Power Grid is expected to supply adequate power to the Techno City.

The logic behind the setting up of a Techno City as a joint venture is that large-scale development over a considerable area of land is more conducive and acceptable when creating infrastructure facilities for IT and ITES industries.

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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:59 PM   #2
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The proposed site for Techno City is at about 4 kms from the present Technopark Campus and aboout 20 kms from Trivandrum City, along the NH 47.

Technopark Campus is at present in 180 acres, with work going on in an additional 86 acres. Infosys campus is coming up in the new land. 100 more acres are being acquired for the Third phase of expansion which will include L&T's Info City and 'Asian School of Business' All together Technopark will be a 372 acre campus. Along with the Technocity in 500 acres, this region will be soon having close to 1000 acres of IT & allied infrastructure.

Virtual tour of Technopark

Techno City would also be close to 'Trivandrum International School', Township of Power Grid Corporation, Kinfra Film & Video Park, Kinfra International Apparel Park etc...

Stay tuned for more news about Techno City and site pics.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #3
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Technocity Location

@ Sudheesh - That's great news. Here is a satellite image with an approximate location of the Technocity site. The area marked in Red is the rough area where the project should come up, on the stretch of NH-47 between Pallipuram and Mangalapuram. The area marked in Green is the Phase I campus of Technopark (185 acres), which is just 4-5 Kms away.

The proposed site for Technocity is also close to the sprawling Group Headquarters (GHQ) of the CRPF at Pallipuram and to the 440 KV Substation of Power Grid Corp. which draws power directly from the national grid.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 07:34 AM   #4
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Power Grid Substation, Pallipuram

Here are a few images of the 440 KV Substation of the Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL) at Pallipuram, very close to the proposed site of Technocity. There is a KSEB 220 KV substation closeby. The PGCIL substation taps directly into the National Power Grid, and will also receive power from the u/c 2000 MW Koodankulam Nuclear Power station. This will ensure virtually unlimited, high-quality power supply to Technocity.

Here we see the township of PGCIL which adjoins the sub-station yard.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 07:44 AM   #5
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Here we can catch a glimpse of the main sub-station yard. The board reads "Prohibited Area" so I took this pic rather surreptitiously! Didn't want to get thrown in the local gaol!

The yard is equipped with giant transformers, probably with ratings of 100 MVA or higher, designed to supply Trivandrum city and its suburbs, as well as southern districts like Kollam, Pathanamthitta etc. This is the second 440 KV station in Kerala after Pallom, and the very first PGCIL facility here. It will act as the hub for the proposed "backbone grid" which will supply all districts in Kerala.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 07:52 AM   #6
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A better view of the yard from the side. The large building on the left is the Control Centre for the sub-station. This facility steps down power from 440 KV to 220 KV, and feeds it to a nearby KSEB 220 KV facility.

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Old October 18th, 2005, 10:06 AM   #7
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Let's discuss Technocity....

As the Technocity project is entering the formalization period, let's discuss what we would like to be set up in the project. Being a Public-Private Partnership, it has more transparency and participation than projects elsewhere. In fact, we can collate the suggestions which come up here and submit to the Government. With the sort of expertise we have with all the forumers, I am sure we will come up with some great ideas...

Here is my $ 0.02:

- The project should have 4/6 lane main thoroughfares and 2/3 lane byroads.

- Water mains would be available using a local water body as a source and state-of-the-art filtration technology.

- An extensive 11 KV feeder system, sourced from the 440 KV PGCIL station/220 KV KSEB station, both of which are right next door.

- An initial 1,000,000 sft of built-up space for IT/ITES from the promoter itself, with expandibility in modules of 500,000 sft.

- 500-1,000 units of quality accomodation with accompanying lifestyle facilities like a shopping mall, schools and hospitals.

- Additional 1,000,000 sft of built-up space by a specialist builder like Ascendas or L&T, again expandable in 500,000 sft modules.

- Several 10-20 acre plots of developed land for custom-built IT facilities for major firms.

.....that's about all can think of right now, as a first phase. Looking forward to suggestions from all of you...

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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:30 PM   #8
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One doubt..

Ajay,
The company who undertakes the construction of technocity, would be constructing the facilities like schools, shopping malls and hospitals or they would give the space to other companies on lease to construct and run these facilies? Actually we dont have an exisiting example here in kerala, probably this is the first of itz kind here( ). But we can list a number of similar projects outside kerala. How abt them, how they dealt with the foresaid reuirements..?

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Old October 18th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #9
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@ s.ananthapuri - Yup, buddy, the developer(s) of Technocity will be responsible for providing the basic amenities and lifestyle infrastructure in the project. This includes utilities - water, electricity and connectivity- as well as residential facilities, shopping mall, schools, leisure facilities etc.

Basic infrastructure will probably be taken up by the Govt., just like it is doing at Technopark. Looking at other similar developments like Mahindra World City, Chennai and Magarpatta City, Pune , there are different ways to proceed:

- The main developer(s) can build all the IT/ITES space and support facilities by itself, in several phase.

- The main developer can build only the IT/ITES space and then let specialist developers build the support facility.

- The main developer builds some of the IT/ITES space and lets others develop built-up space and support facilities. IT/ITES co.s can also build independent facilities inside the park just like Infosys, TCS, IBS and US Technology are now building within Technopark.

In Mahindra World City, the third model is followed with builders like Ascendas joining in on the project.Guess that's the best option in such a large project as this! I hope the rest of you can add more inputs...
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Old October 19th, 2005, 06:43 AM   #10
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Rightly said Ajay. The product mix you suggested is also very relevant. To start with, some seed space from the developer, a JV of the State Government as well as the private participant. Then parcels of land could be given to other IT infrastructure developers or the IT/ITES companies themselves.

Technopark is also a best example for such independant facility establishment by the IT/ITES companies. Here we are not mentioning about the biggies like TCS or Infosys. There are other home-grown companies who have developed/developing such facilities. Amstor House by Amstor Information Technologies, 'Padmanabham' by the softex group, 'Mrithupanya' by Dataware design Labs (now bought by the NeST group), the M Squared building are examples. IBS, US Technology are also joining the big league of TCS and Infosys by acquiring 36 acres and 5 acres respectively. While US Technology foresees an employee count of 10,000 in their new campus, IBS is looking forward to a 2 lakh facility.

As Technopark is getting full to the brim, only new possibilities like 'Technocity' could be an answer to the demands for seperate space by its existing tenants.
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Old October 20th, 2005, 09:22 AM   #11
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Well said, Sudheesh! Phased expansion with a partnership between the Govt. and multiple private partners is the best and most competitive approach for a project of this scale. It prevents the ill-effects of monopoly rights which could result from deals with a single investor - like the one proposed by GoK for a smaller park elsewhere. Even in the case of the Mahindra World City, other investors like Ascendas ensure that IT firms have choice. The same should be the case with Technocity!

GoK has also announced that the Metro Rail/MRTS project for Trivandrum is being revived. The Technopark & Technocity will be an ideal point for one end of the route. Technopark will have upto 40-50,000 people by 2009, when the MRTS might start operations, and by then Technocity would also be well underway. Eventually, as many as 150,000 people would be working in this area - prospective commuters using the Metro-Rail.

Additionally, the NH-47 from Trivandrum to Cherthala is being four-laned. This includes the roads leading to Technocity and Techopark!

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Old October 20th, 2005, 10:01 PM   #12
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The Technocity is starting to generate a lot of interest! Heard that the Mahindra group had written to GoK asking for land near Trivandrum to start a project on the lines of their World City in Chennai. They could be one of the prospective investors. Anyone with more info? Stay tuned!!!
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Mid-East firms queue up for Kerala's Technopark

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Thiruvananthapuram, October 17, 2005


Close to a dozen IT companies based in the Middle East are in talks with authorities in Kerela for space at the incubation centre in Technopark, which is home to many leading tech firms.

"We had an excellent response at the recent GITEX 2005, the premier IT exhibition that was held in Dubai last month. After screening inquiries, we now have a dozen firms asking for space at our incubation centre," VK Jayakumar, acting CEO of Technopark said.

The incubation centre began at the Technopark campus two years ago. Companies preparing for large-scale investment in IT were given a bit of space to run a virtual office to have a feel of whether they could actually be successful.

"We have designed three different modules. The smallest is a four-seat office, then there are eight-seat and 16-seat ones. The four-seat one, which has 200 square feet of space, is for a monthly rent of Rs 10,000 ($220) for 10 hours of operations (a day)," said Jayakumar.

"The only thing the company has to bear is the cost of the internet service provider. The rest including electricity, security and reception are provided by us."

Today there are 19 companies working in the incubation centre.

Jayakumar said firms could rent space at the incubation centre for one year, after which they would have to move out.

"In exceptional cases we give an extension of six months. Right now we don't have any space at all. So we are now planning to work out new space to accommodate the fresh inquiries from the Middle East," he said.

Currently the Technopark's entire built-up space of 1.5 million square feet is occupied by 86 companies that employ close to 10,000 people.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government had decided to set up a new Techno City over an area of 500 acres since all the space at Technopark was booked even as there were many inquires from companies. The Techno City will be located about five kilometres from the Technopark campus.

"Several companies have expressed their willingness to invest in the Techno City but we are still working on the project
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New Portal For Automobiles Launched
by S Karat at 07:48AM (EDT) on September 20, 2005 | Permanent Link | Cosmos
Indiacar.net: Another portal for automobiles? Yes, Autoindia.com is a new portal for the Indian vehicle buyers, manufacturers, dealers, financiers and insurers, launched by a team of software professionals from Trivandrum.
The website was formally logged in by Union Power Minister P M Sayeed, and it offers a one-stop service on all areas of the automobile sector, including buying of new and used cars, motorcycles and scooters. Autoindia.com is headquartered at Technopark at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The website, with a Rs 10 million investment and carrying over 500 pages of details besides links to pertinent portals, recorded about 27,000 hits within 24 hours of its launch on Friday afternoon, its Managing Director Binu T G said.
There is already an auto site called Automartindia.com.
Let's see how this plays out.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 08:41 AM   #15
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Itz great....


@Mahindra City news posted by Ajay.
It is a gr8 news for us, ajay.
Our potential is gradually being realized by people outside Kerala.
Gr8 news!!!

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Old October 21st, 2005, 09:11 AM   #16
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government had decided to set up a new Techno City over an area of 500 acres since all the space at Technopark was booked even as there were many inquires from companies. The Techno City will be located about five kilometres from the Technopark campus.

"Several companies have expressed their willingness to invest in the Techno City but we are still working on the project ," said Chandy.
@ ananthapuri - Well said, mate! But let's not be concerned by hype and hot air. We will wait for the real project details to emerge. Stay tuned!
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government had decided to set up a new Techno City over an area of 500 acres since all the space at Technopark was booked even as there were many inquires from companies
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Wonder why these guys have to wait till Technopark was choke-full till they thought of Technocity?!! Always the case - they started work on Thejaswini, only after the 1.5 million sft of existing space was fully occupied. Now that Thejaswini and Phase II have been filled, in record time, and investors have queued up for Phase III, they have started on Technocity. Hope they take up things at a brisk pace, like getting SEZ status declared well in advance and providing supporting infra...!!
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Can't wait for the elections to get over....and for more details of the project to be announced....
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Heard that GoK announced today that the acquisition for the 500 acres of land needed for Technocity will commence immediately....
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Technocity is the Fourth phase of expansion of Technopark in about 500 acres.

The 2nd and 3rd phases are going on now in 186 acres, the first phase being in 180 acres.


Quote:
Kerala emerging as IT hub'

Our Bureau

Bangalore , Nov 2

KERALA is fast emerging as an IT hub, with the Government vigorously promoting the IT Mission with commitment to provide infrastructural support.

In its quest to become a complete knowledge society by 2010, the Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, has embarked upon a major expansion plan, which would see four phases of development on close to 800 acres.

The full potential of Kerala would unfold in the next five years, says the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy.

"Our business is not just bringing investments to Kerala but enabling the community as well. Our vision is to make the State a knowledge society where information of a global scale is available to every citizen."

Mr Chandy, who declared this at the recently concluded BangaloreIT.in, said that the Government also plans to expand its Akshaya Project to seven new districts and set up 1,310 e-kendras.

The whole of Kerala would be covered by the project by next year. The Akshaya Project was launched in 2003 to encourage entrepreneurship in the New Economy through public-private partnership and bridge the digital divide, he added.
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