Thiruvananthapuram: On its 25th year, the Thiruvananthapuram Technopark has received a welcome boost in the form of a Rs. 997.65-crore comprehensive development initiative. The development project , announced by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday would help Technopark and its satellite centres in infrastructure development, land acquisition and marketing in the next five years.
The project would cover the Technopark’s phase-I, phase-II and phase-III campuses, Technocity and the Kollam Technopark, which is the satellite centre. “The project will be approved by the government soon”, the Chief Minster said.
Speaking after inaugurating the 25th anniversary celebrations, Chandy referred to the proposed Rs 1500 crore investment project by IT giant Taurus in Technopark’s phase-III campus, saying that it has been approved by the Ministry and the construction activities would commence immediately. “The huge development scheme combined with the large scale investments will make a big-leap in Kerala’s IT industry”, he added.
Addressing the concerns raised by several stakeholders of Technopark, Minister for IT and Industries PK Kunhalikkutty, who presided over the function, announced the decision to roll-back the rent-hike at the IT Park. “Technopark’s development model, which is the biggest and the brightest success story of Kerala, could be replicated and in several other fields”, he added.
Technopark founder CEO G Vijaya Raghavan, who is also a member of the state planning board, travelled down memory lane to recollect the story behind the Technopark. “The concept of Technopark originates in a 1989 meeting held at the Government Guest House in Thycaud and the credit goes to three great visionaries – the then Chief Minister EK Nayanar, KR Gowri Amma and KPP Nambiar,” he said.
Recollecting some initial issues with trade unions, he said that Technopark had always been fair and firm regarding labour issues. “The entire project had always been seen beyond political affiliations, and all successive governments supported Technopark in a big way”. He also appreciated thousands of construction workers and hundreds of head load laboures, who cooperated sincerely with the Technopark during its constructions. Visionaries behind Technopark’s success story were honoured on the occasion.
Prathidwani, a forum of Technopark employees, handed over a letter of consent signed by 1000 employees volunteering for organ donation to the Chief Minister at the function. “The forum began their campaign a few days back and the number of volunteers is expected to touch 3000 in the next two days”, said Technopark CEO KG Girish Babu. A cheque of Rs 75,000 pooled by the employees of a car washing company in Technopark was donated to Chief Minister for the welfare of cancer patients.
PH Kurian, Principal Secretary to the Department of IT and Industries, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Mayor Adv. K Chandrika,; MA Wahid, MLA; VK Mathews, Chairman, GTECH were also present. The official event was followed by a live performance by the music band Thaikkudam Bridge.
In the wake of Technopark celebrating its silver jubilee, an extended series of events have been planned which included the inauguration of the new Rs 2.5-crore solid waste management plant, the new security control room and laying of the foundation stone for the largest IT building in the Phase I campus of Technopark during the month of August.