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 29-August -2012






Jacob Abraham*


A landmark-in-the-making in the Indian IT scenario of India, Technocity of Thiruvananthapuram is fast evolving into the hub of global convergence with the expected arrival of big-time brands of the industry to set up their production centers, training campuses, development institutions and assorted other initiatives in the picturesque technopolis in the Pallippuram area of Thiruvananthapuram district.


“Our schedules are in the right track with enquires pouring in from across the world seeking info on investment potential and possibilities”, observes CEO-Technopark. “Mentored and nurtured by TeamTechnopark, Technocity, when it takes its final shape, will be a valuable asset to the State as also to the nation”, adds Sr. Manager-Business Development.


The shaping up process of Technocity is currently in progress, with the masterplan ready for take off, offering state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for intending investors. Technocity, when fully commissioned will be an integrated IT township, spread across about 432 acres, which includes not just space for IT/ITES firms but also residential, commercial, hospitality, medical and educational facilities. The project will be a self-dependent satellite city, which would not strain the resources and infrastructure of the city of Thiruvananthapuram.


The units in Technocity will include a wide variety of companies engaged in a range of activities, such as Embedded Software Development, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Process Control Software Design, Engineering & Computer-aided Design Software Development, IT Enabled Services (ITES), Process Re-engineering, Animation and e-business. The firms will include domestic companies as well as subsidiaries of multi-national organisations.


Technocity provides all the infrastructure and support facilities needed for IT/ITES and electronics companies to function as well as for their employees to enjoy world-class lifestyles. In addition, Technocity, like Technopark, will provide business incubation facilities.


Techno city will have up to 25 million square feet of built-up space within multiple buildings for its tenant organisations. Technocity is being developed as an Integrated Township and it will include residential space, commercial space, retail facilities, multiplexes, hospitals and schools. This will enable employees in the companies at Technocity to enjoy a world-class lifestyle within walking distance of their offices.


Thiruvananthapuram is connected to the National Internet Backbone and Technocity will be serviced by a variety of bandwidth providers, including Reliance Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, Videsh Sanchar Nigam and Asianet Dataline, through fibre optic lines in the Campus.


Tata Consultancy Services Ltd(TCS) are in the process of setting up Asia’s largest training centre which can train and accommodate 16,000 employees at any time in 82 acres of land already allotted to them. TCS already has their Global Learning Centre operational from Technopark Phase I. The Software Development Centre to accommodate around 10,000 professionals are getting ready in Technopark Phase I.


Infosys is in the process of setting up their next development centre in the 50 acres SEZ land allotted to them. Infosys already operates from Technopark Phase-I and Phase II. The third Software Development Block as well as the multi-level car park building is getting ready in the Phase II Campus.


Technocity will host at least two important educational and research institutes: The Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management–Kerala (IIITM–K) and The Asian School of Business (ASB) which has already started operations for its campus in Technocity, while IIITM-K is in the process of setting up their campus in the 10 acres of land allotted to them. Technopark is developing a 50 acre Special Economic Zone in Technocity.


Technopark was set up under the auspices of Electronics Technology Park, Kerala, an autonomous body under the Department of Information Technology Government of Kerala. The park is home to over 240 companies employing more than 32000 professionals. Technopark's aim was to create infrastructure and provide support required for the development of high technology companies.


The park is growing steadily both in size and employee strength. Park centre, Pampa and Periyar were the only buildings in the beginning. The total land available with Technopark is about 771.54 acres. The land available with Technopark for phase one, phase two and phase three is about 326.54 acres leaving the rest of the land to Technocity. Technopark has periodically added new buildings such as Nila, Gayathri and Bhavani. With the inauguration of the 850,000 sq.ft. Thejaswini in February, 2007, Technopark became the largest IT Park in India. It has become the single largest source of employment in Kerala, with over 32000 people working directly in 240 companies in the facility itself and creating Rs. 2000 crore turnover with export earnings of Rs. 1977.32 crore during 2010-11.

(PIB Features.)


*Deputy Director, PIB, Thiruvananthapuram.


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