Technocity Trivandrum Takes Off
Pallipuram, the quaint suburban town, 20 km north of Trivandrum has been catapulted into the IT map of India when Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan laid the foundation stone for Technocity, the state’s largest Information Technology Park yesterday.
Technocity will be rising up on both sides of the NH-47 leading from Pallipuram to Mangalapuram. The parcel of land begins just north of the CRPF Pallipuram camp and continues on towards Mangalapuram. The initial components of the colossal project are already underway, even before the CMs inauguration. A 64-crore grandiose new campus of Asian School of Business (see image below) is already heading towards realization on 16 acres of land earmarked for Technocity.
It would be factually incorrect tagging Technocity as yet another run-of-the-mill IT Park. On the contrary, Technocity is envisaged as a self-sustained township, call it a satellite industrial city if you want, which offers residential, entertainment, shopping and educational facilities to go along with the blue-blood workforce in Information Technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, R&D and similar neo-sectors.
Of the total 461 acres there will be 8 Special Economic Zones (SEZ) consuming 365 acres. Another 50 acre SEZ will be developed by Technopark directly. (refer illustration below)
- IT SEZ 1 – 38.44 acres
- IT SEZ 2 – 48.75 acres
- IT SEZ 3 – 27.82 acres
- IT SEZ 4 – 38.12 acres
- IT SEZ 5 – 40.62 acres
- IT SEZ 6 – 50.85 acres
- IT SEZ 7 – 44.69 acres
- IT SEZ 8 – 25.12 acres
- Technopark SEZ – 50.00 acres
Remaining land will be utilised for providing basic infrastructure and for other entities of the massive township.
- Social amenities – 20.31 acres
- School – 5 acres
- Hospital – 5 acres
- Stadium – 5 acres
- Club – 2 acres
- Postoffice/Police station – 2 acres
- Commercial zone – 8.64 acres
- Multiplex – 4 acres
- Hotel – 4 acres
- Educational Hub – 16.17 acres
- TP Administration – 4.66 acres
- Residential – 7.34 acres
- Substation – 4.95 acres
Technocity expects an investment of over 6000 crore INR and creation of a built-up space of 10-15million sq.ft over a period of 8 years. This will create at least twice the built up space currently available in Technopark.
The IT corridor envisaged in Trivandrum from Kazhakkuttam to Kovalam, now extends a further 5km until Mangalapuram. On a much larger frame, the launch of Technocity now makes Trivandrum a strong contender for the regional IT hub project Govt of India is planning.
With biggies like HCL on way to Technopark Phase III, campuses of Infosys, UST, IBS, TCS and NeST under development, the kickstart of activities of Technocity will augment Trivandrum’s status as the most preferred Tier II cities in India.
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