Tvm: Kerala Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan today inaugurated the first Software Development Block of Infosys Technologies at its own campus adjacent to the Technopark in Trivandrum which forms part of Technopark Phase II Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that it’s a matter of great pride that Infosys led by Malayalees (S Gopalakrishnan and Shibulal) are contributing to the growth of IT in Kerala. He also added that the expansion of Infosys in Thiruvananthapuram is a sign of the Government being investor friendly.
Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys said, “This one of the best campus of Infosys which has got Platinum LEED Certification. The centre is the fastest growing at 30 percent annually and has contributed Rs.440 crores in revenue in the first three Quarters this fiscal. Kerala has a large pool of highly qualified IT professionals and the availability of quality manpower has been an impetus for us to expand operations in the state.” He also added that this is a small beginning and a great opportunity for Trivandrum to grow.
The Infosys campus is spread over 50 acres and the construction will be completed in 6-7 years in a phased manner. The first Software Development Block inaugurated at the Technopark Campus II (SEZ) has the capacity to seat 1,600 employees and has seen an investment of Rs.180 crores. This includes a food court, recreational facilities for employees, chiller building, diesel generation block, water storage and treatment facility, sewage treatment plant and roads.
Ramadas Kamath, Senior VP, Infosys said, “The second Software Development Block, a 1,800 seater currently under construction at this campus, is expected to be completed by May 2011. The third Block will seat about 2,400 professionals. On completion of Phase II, the campus will accommodate 9,000 professionals. Infosys is also building a multi-storied parking block with 10 lakh sq.ft. with an investment of Rs.190 crores”.
Infosys started its operations in Thiruvananthapuram in January 2004 in Technopark. It has two centres in Bhavani and Tejawani buildings which employs 1,600 professionals. The Trivandrum Development Centre mainly works in the area of Retail, Product Engineering, Mobile Telephony and Digital Commerce.
Mervin Alexander, CEO, Technopark; Binu Pazhoor, CEO, Infopark & Cyberpark; Srinath Batni, Member of the Board, Infosys and Sunil Jose, Head of Infosys Thiruvananthapuram Development Centre were also present on the occasion.
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