Two SmartCity projects if UDF voted to power

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Kasargod: KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala has said that UDF will facilitate two SmartCity projects in Kerala if voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly elections. He was inaugurating UDF’s Kerala Mochana Yatra being led by the leader of Opposition, Shri Oommen Chandy at Uppala today.

He also alleged that the present LDF Government led by Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan had sabotaged the SmartCity Kochi project launched by the previous UDF Government. Oommen Chandy as the then Chief Minister was instrumental in bringing the Rs.1,500 crore SmartCity Kochi project with Tecom as the promoters.

The foundation stone for the project was laid three years back and ever since the project has been hanging in limbo over several contentious issues, the most prominent being the freehold rights to 12 percent of the land. While the company said it was legally entitled to freehold right as clearly mentioned in the original framework agreement and hence the project could not progress without a decision on the issue, the Government was of the view that it was an issue to be settled only after the completion of the master plan. Both the Dubai based promoters and the State Government have been adamant in their demands. The KPCC President’s statement brings in some hope for the revival of the project.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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