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Smart City – Construction to begin in 6 Months

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TechnoparkToday>>Smart City board meeting held on Tuesday decided to start construction works within six months.   It also decided to appoint a special Chief Executive Officer in Kochi.   Smart City will open its office in Kochi soon. Officials of Dubai Holdings, Smart City board members, and P K Kunhalikutty, I Tsecretary PH Kurian, and MA Yoosafali were attended the ... Read More »

SmartCity Concept Master Plan is Ready

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In an e-mail interview with leading national daily “The Hindu,” SmartCity Kochi Managing Director Baju George has said that the preparation of a full-fledged master plan for the proposed project will begin as soon as the concept master plan gets the approval of the board of directors. The concept master plan will be presented before the SmartCity Kochi board members ... Read More »

67 Acres of Infopark Phase II Get SEZ Status

In a meeting of the Board of Approval (BoA) under the Union Ministry of Commerce, 67 acres of land earmarked for the second phase of expansion of Infopark Kochireceived SEZ status. This makes it a total of 98 acres of SEZ-notified land–31 acres having received SEZ status in September 2010. The SEZ status can be extended by acquiring the adjoining area ... Read More »

Central nod to Chennai-model Kochi Metro rail

The Ministry of Urban Development has reportedly given approval to model the Kochi Metro rail on the lines of Chennai Metro rail. A draft in this regard has been prepared by the Cabinet. There will be no private participation in the project. The amount which was earmarked for the project will be increased to Rs. 5,016 crore from Rs. 1,886 ... Read More »

Kochi SmartCity commences; phase-1 to be completed in 2 yrs

KOCHI: Construction of the much delayed Rs 2,000 crore SmartCity project at the nearby Kakkanad commenced today and the first phase is expected to be completed in two years. Within 24 months the project’s first phase would be ready and is expected to provide about 7,000 jobs, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said after performing the “ground breaking ceremony” of ... Read More »

Govt grants SEZ status to entire Kochi Smart City area

The Union commerce ministry today granted the status of a special economic zone (SEZ) to 114-acre site of the proposed Smart City project in Kochi. With this, the SEZ status has now been accorded to the total area of 246 acres of the proejct. Earlier, in March this year, the government had sactioned SEZ status only to 132 acres as ... Read More »

Work on SmartCity to Commence in September

August-29-2011: A high-level meeting of the Dubai Government Project Monitoring Committee that took place on August 21, 2011, has decided to begin the work on SmartCity on September 29, 2011. At the meeting, the Committee also allocated sufficient funds for the first year’s construction work. The work on a ‘SmartCity Pavilion’ would begin on September 29 while the construction of ... Read More »

A smart route map for Kochi Metro Rail

The dream IT project of Kochi, the Smart City, may soon get metro rail connectivity. The state government has decided to extend the alignment of Kochi Metro Rail to the proposed Smart City site. The authorities will soon start the study for foxing the alignment for the new route. “We have decided to extend the alignment. It will be fixed ... Read More »

Kerala Chief Minister:No need for anxiety with regard to Kochi Metro project

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said there was no need for any anxiety with regard to land acquisition for the much delayed Kochi Metro Rail project, which is now estimated to cost about Rs 5000 crore. The land acquisition process has to be completed within six months. The government would be formulating a new land acquisition policy keeping in ... Read More »

First phase of Smart City Kochi project to be commissioned soon

The first phase of the proposed mega IT project, Smart City Kochi, would be commissioned before Oct 31, 2012, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Thursday.The Oommen Chandy-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government, which had first finalised the project during its previous term, held its first meeting Thursday with the builder of the project, Smart City Dubai. Addressing reporters here ... Read More »

SmartCity top priority of UDF regime: Oommen Chandy

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>> Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday said the UDF government’s top priority is implementing the SmartCity IT project here after sorting out issues in the agreement the previous government had with promoters, Dubai based Tecom “which are against the state’s interests.”  “There are some issues which are against the interest of the state in the agreement the LDF ... Read More »

Tecom to pump in more funds for Smartcity Kochi

Tecom, the promoters of the SmartCity Kochi project, is in the process of pumping in more funds to take the project forward. While Emirates NBD, a leading banking group in UAE, will be main financier, support finance is being sought from the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) Bank. IDBI Bank had consulted one of the director board members of ... Read More »

Dr Baju George is the new Smart City Kochi CEO

In an effort to expedite the works of Smart City, Kochi, the Tecom has decided to appoint Baju George as the managing director of the project. It was the five-member committee headed by the supreme council of Dubai Holdings, the parent company of the Tecom, that selected Baju George as the managing director.Baju George who is currently holding the post ... Read More »

SmartCity Work in Progress

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Humais Al Tayer, Member of Supreme Committee for Dubai World Group and Dubai Holding Group, has informed Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan that the planning, recruitment, and tendering process for various works related to the Smart City Kochi project are progressing, and that it would only be a matter of weeks before the resources are mobilised toward the work ... Read More »

MA Yusufali has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the UAE government’s Zakat Fund

Renowned NRI businessman MA Yusufali has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the UAE government’s Zakat Fund. The decision to appoint Yusufali at the top post was taken by the UAE Federal Government, thus making him the first Indian to decorate the position. The tenure is for three years. The appointment of Mr Yusufali will be highly helpful ... Read More »

SmartCity Kochi:smart opportunities have come knocking at the doors of job hunters in Kerala

Finally, smart opportunities have come knocking at the doors of job hunters in Kerala. Putting an end to the wait for starting the construction works of Smart City Kochi, Tecom, the promoters of the project, has invited applications to various top posts for carrying out the work. According to www.smartcity.ae, the official website of Tecom, the company wants a construction ... Read More »

Kochi to get country’s first health mall

A one-stop solution for all medical and health needs — from doctors, hospitals, ayurveda centres, pharmacies and even insurance referral units — will open in a 10-storied mall in this Kerala city. The BCG group, a Rs.500-crore business conglomerate, is building the country’s first multidisciplinary health mall here and it will be open by August, a company official said Thursday. ... Read More »

SEZ status for 132 acres in Kochi SmartCity

The Central Government Tuesday issued a directive assigning Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status for 132 acres of land at the proposed Kochi SmartCity site. The rest of 114 acres of land will get the SEZ status in ten days. Following this, SmartCity promoter Tecom will launch construction activities at the project site. Read More »

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