Kochi: Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy has said the first phase of the much delayed Rs.2,000 crore SmartCity project in Kochi will be completed in two years. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a workshop held on January 31 to discuss the master plan of the project. The basic infrastructure facilities in the city would be improved and the final master plan will be ready within 45 days.
Admitting that the project has been delayed by over six years, he said the State government is responsible for the inordinate delay in the implementation of the project, especially during 2005 and 2011. He also added that all efforts would be made to get environmental clearance for the same within 45 days.
Earlier this week, the State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) had deferred its environmental clearance to the first phase of the SmartCity Kochi project based on the inference that ‘the proposal submitted by the proponent had many factual errors and lacked a specific plan of environmental management’.
Abdullatheef Al Mulla, CEO, Tecom Investments, who is in charge of SmartCity Kochi, said the work on the project could start as soon as they get all the clearances. The final master plan will have more facilities to attract international IT companies and also to suit the lifestyle of IT professionals, as recommended by international experts.
Dr. Baju George, MD, SmartCity Kochi said the first building could be finished in six months and the marketing of the project would be taken up in a big way in a bid to attract more IT companies.
Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty; P H Kurien IAS, Principal Secretary – IT, officials from KSEB, KWA and District administration attended the session.
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