The rapid expansion of Technopark in Trivandrum has rapidly changed the entire human ecology of the capital and its suburbs.Â So far no serious studies have been undertaken to analyze the social and economic effect this IT hub has created. With 30,000 odd IT employees concentrated at one place and its economic flow has surely, to a small extent, altered the city from a rural nature to semi urban and from there to the process of urbanization. Huge concrete structures called as flats (applicable to all its definitions) came up everywhere and there has been surplus demand since a long period.
Land prices sky rocketed and the urban and suburban poor are being compelled to utilize the windfall either for good or to meet their worst. Prices of common commodities followed through and families have forgotten about frugal living. These provided the most fertile ground for the private educational institutions and they milk the maximum understanding Techno Park is the sacred of all cows. And in the name of this IT hub a rosy picture is being generated now and then by vested people having economic interests and they are in competition with mafias not only to become rich but also to be worse than them in all attributes of mankind.
But what is the reality? How many out of 30000 employees have the currency with them to occupy 35 Lakhs plus costing flats?Â How much flock around supermarkets to buy things at fancy prices? How many can afford the fees of various private educational establishments plus extra money for private tuitions since they know nothing serious transpires at those schools? How many can foolishly exchange their good old cars for something new metallic coated plastic items, if loans are not available at exorbitant interest?Â Everybody inside the park knows it would be less than 5% of the employees!!Â Then the explanation that the urbanization is the result of tie wearing people moving around Kazhakuttom is absolutely nonsensical.Â An outsider traveling on a bus passing through the bypass may think all the monstrous flats are fully occupied by technocrats and round the clock they keep on communicating with counter techies at New Jersey or Adelaide and as a result more Volvo buses move in and out of Techno Park. Most flats in the city are booked or occupied by ordinary government servants of whom many have magic pan cards in which numbers disappear or new ones appear at will.
Among the people around Kazhakuttom who have benefited from Techno park are those renter class who rented out their apartments or rooms ranging from Rs 950 to 9000,and those auto wallahsÂ everÂ ready to transport a techie who holds a mobile in hand hasÂ no time to look into auto meters.Â Kazahkootam has undergone this massive change due to the hard work being done by all patriotic mafias aided and supported by all government agencies. But the entire credentials are bestowed on techies forgetting the hard working elements behind!!!
As a result where ever techies go prices rise.Â A BPO employee who goes in search of a rented house gets shocked when the landlord demands Rs 5000 for a single room apartment or concrete apparatus. Another techie gets mesmerized by the way which his colleague is compelled to purchase water logging land at 6 lacks per cent!!!Â Â Another one is struggling to sell off his flat which he purchased after appreciating the fluency of the marketing agent. These are only the tip of icebergs. The real lives of most of techies are yet to be understood by many outside and, tragically, more by many inside. Many are yet to understand the term â€œdisposable incomeâ€™ so they fail toÂ Â flock around where the minority of techies visit frequently. But many sacrifice a lot to send their children to big schools thinking their children should not suffer the way they suffer now. This is the grim reality of most techies working at Techno Park. Who sees tears when they swim in the sea of all troubles? It is high time the techies had stood united against all unscrupulous elements gain by exploitingÂ in the name of techno park asÂ some call it as â€˜knowledge capitalâ€™ Entertaining the brokers ,real-estate agents ,school owners , salesmen, etc, should be done only after taking into consideration the economic status of the entire employees working inside the park.Â Â Otherwiseâ€¦â€¦
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