- October 25, 2016
- Posted by: amdaindia
- Category: Urban News
Kerala’s signature IT project, Kochi Smart City, is all set to become fully operational in 2020, informed a top official. Jaber Bin Hafeez, representing Dubai Smart City, which partners the project, said that there need be no apprehension about the project and everything is going as per the schedule. “This project is between the Kerala and Dubai governments. The first phase has already been commissioned and very soon 5,500 people will be working in it. The project will become fully operational by 2020,” said Hafeez.
The first phase of The Kochi Smart City’s 6.5 lakh square feet space was inaugurated earlier this year in February. In May 2016, after the new Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took office, he elected as the chairman of the Kochi Smart City. He recently chaired the meeting alongside officials from the Dubai Smart City, the partner of the project along with the Kerala government.
Coming up in 246 acres at Kochi, when fully operational there would be one lakh jobs and the total area earmarked for IT operations would be 67 lakh sq ft and 21 lakh sq ft for non-IT needs. The project was conceived in 2004 in Dubai which led to the inking of the MoU in November 2005. Following the change in government in 2006, the framework agreement was signed in 2007 and it was taken forward again only in 2011.
Source : Urbannewsdigest