Tvm: GTech (Group of Technology Companies), the industry body of the software companies in Kerala, today welcomed the agreement reached between the Government of Kerala and the representatives of Tecom Investments to fast track the implementation of the SmartCity Kochi project.
The new agreement not only increases the viability of the SmartCity Kochi project but also promotes the general services sector. It is equally encouraging to note that clear cut milestones – opening of the SmartCity Kochi office by August 31, concept master plan within a month thereafter and commencement of work by October 31 – have been spelt out. These are welcome signals.
In a release, V K Mathews, Chairman, GTech & Executive Chairman, IBS Group said, “Information Technology is one of the most suitable industries for a state like Kerala. The industry offers huge employment opportunities with attractive remuneration. If encouraged to grow, IT industry has the potential to dramatically transform the socio economic landscape of Kerala. The SmartCity Kochi project would be a significant step in this direction”.
The decision of the Government of Kerala to convert SmartCity Kochi into an industrial township under the services SEZ of the Government of India would provide an enabling ecosystem for the growth of IT and general services activities in the state. GTech compliments the State Government for taking steps to implement this important project and feels that this would send out a positive signal to potential investors.
Anoop P Ambika, Secretary, GTech said, “The conversion of SmartCity Kochi into a multi service SEZ using the extra four acres from Kinfra should be looked up on by Tecom as an opportunity to build a self sustained township in the region. This township should not only concentrate on apartments but also should cover the civic and social infrastructural aspects like, education, waste management, sewage treatment and drinking water for the region”.
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