The inauguration of first phase of the Smart City, Kochi will be held in February 2016. The 47th meeting of the Board of Directors of SCK in Dubai took the decision in this regard. Kerala IT and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty has led the state IT delegation in talks with joint venture partner Dubai Holdings to fix the date for inauguration. Exact date will be published soon.
As with many other high profile projects, the credit of Smart City also goes to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Like other development projects in Kerala, there were many disputes regarding this project too. Once, the entire project went into limbo because of disputes. But the earnest desire of Mr. Chandy helped the project to return into the right track. In the first phase 6.5 lakh square feet building will be available for commercial purpose. About 25 new companies have already booked space in the city.
Smart City’s second phase would be completed in 30 months, carried out jointly by Tecom, the Dubai-based promoters of the SCK, and the co-developers. The second phase will generate about 45,000 direct jobs. The first phase will provide direct employment to nearly 6,000 people.
Mr. Oommen Chandy – The right choice for development
From the beginning of his term as Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr Chandy has been doing everything for the faster development of infrastructure facilities in Kerala. The policies adopted by Oommen Chandy helped to bridge the gap between investors and government. UNDP appreciated Oommen Chandy, for the range of innovative practices in democratic governance, initiated by the Government of Kerala in strengthening people’s access and participation in human development and governance.
Mr Chandy maintain his slogans – “A long way in a short time”, “Development and Care” – throughout his term. He took many initiatives for the development of Kerala and for the poor and needy people amidst severe criticism from the opposition. “Karunya” Lottery, Kochi Metro, Kochi Smart City, Kannur Airport, Vizhinjam Seaport, Suburban Train Service are the few milestones that Kerala passed under Oommen Chandy’s rule. During his governing period, Kerala somewhat overcame its notoriety over the hostility towards investors.