Last and final call for Tecom on SmartCity Kochi: CM

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Tvm: The Kerala Government has decided to send one final letter for the ‘last time’ to Tecom, the Dubai based promoters of the proposed SmartCity Kochi project. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan while briefing the mediatoday after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

The Chief Minister however did not divulge the contents of the letter. This must be the umpteenth letter being exchanged between the Kerala Government and Tecom on the project ever since the SmartCity Kochi was launched over three years back. The foundation stone for the project was laid on November 16, 2007. The Cabinet had, in its meeting two weeks back, asked the LDF to take a final political decision on the project.

On being asked about the use of the SmartCity land by KSEB for their project, the Chief Minister brushed it aside saying, “It is a baseless allegation”. There were some reports on how KSEB had started using the SmartCity Kochi land for its own project making a mockery of the discussions within the LDF and also between Tecom and the State Government about the future of the project. About 100 acres of the 246 acres land allotted for the project belongs to KSEB.

The Electricity Minister Shri A K Balan had said last week that the KSEB would take back the land provided for the project and utilise the same for the proposed 1,026 MW Brahmapuram Power Project, if the SmartCity Kochi project fails to take off.

Meanwhile SmartCity has announced that its offices in Dubai will be closed from December 02 – 05, 2010 to mark the UAE National Day and the Islamic New Year.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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