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The sort of impact this one project had on Kochi is unparalleled. The Smart city in many ways represents Kochi's coming of age. The project aims to establish India's largest IT facility at Kakkanad in the suburbs of Kochi. SmartCity Kochi is a planned IT township to be constructed in Kochi, Kerala in India. Smart City (Kochi) Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. is a joint venture company formed to develop the Kochi Smart City project. Government of Kerala (16% share), TECOM Investments (84% share), a subsidiary of Dubai Holding are the main investors of the company. This project envisions minimum 8.8 million sq. ft. of built up space out of which at least 6.21 million sq. ft. will be specifically for IT/ITeS/allied services. The project is expected to create over 90,000 direct jobs. SmartCity seeks to build a large network of knowledge-based industry townships across the world. SmartCity Malta, the agreement for which was signed with the Maltese government in April 2007, and SmartCity, Kochi are the first two projects of SmartCity's global network.

On 2 February 2011, an agreement was reached between the Kerala State Government and TECOM Investments. The discussion was held between Kerala government officials, TECOM representatives and Dubai government officials, mediated by Mr. M. A. Yusuf Ali, who is an influential businessman in United Arab Emirates. An agreement was made on nine basic points chief of which had been the status of 12% free-hold land.

According to the agreement, TECOM had agreed to drop its demand for selling rights on the 12 percent freehold. As per discussions, the 12% of freehold land, which comes to 29.5 acres of the 246 acres, would be within the special economic zone, and shall "not be alienable", which would mean that it cannot be sold, but can be leased by the promoters.

TECOM will prepare the master plan and present to the director board within 30 days, after which the 12% land would be converted from a lease-hold to free-hold.

Mr. Ahamed Humaid Al Tayer, member of the Supreme Committee for Dubai World Group and Dubai Holding Group said he was confident that the work on the SmartCity could be taken up in as early as three months.

Shri V S Achuthanandan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, also lauded the services of Mr. M. A. Yusuf Ali in bringing the two sides to the negotiation table and working out a solution to the long standing issue.
New lease agreement signed on 23 Feb 2011

On 23 February 2011, a new lease agreement was signed by Kerala IT Secretary Mr. Suresh Kumar and Tecom Investments CEO Abdullatif AlMulla, in the presence of Kochi Smartcity chairman minister S. Sharma. The new lease agreement includes 2 separate lease deeds for 131.41 acres and 114.59 acres of land respectively. Even though SEZ approval was received earlier for 133 acres of land, it was found that there is actually only 131.41 acres of land in that property. A separate SEZ application will be filed for the rest of the 114.59 acres of land since this land is not directly connected to the other property. The Government of Kerala will be responsible to obtain SEZ status for the entire land.

The initial term of lease is 99 years, however, it can be extended for a further period of 99 years. According to the frame work agreement, at least 70% of build up area of first 8.8 Million sq.ft should be used for IT/ITeS related purposes. Concept master plan of the project will be prepared by December 2011 by the newly appointed Master Planner, cannon Designs. Government of India notified 131.41 acres as a SEZ in March 2011 and agreed in September 2011 to approve entire area as a single SEZ. Government also notified SmartCity as an Industrial Township.

In May 2011, Government of Dubai formed a Project Monitoring Committee under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Ahmad Al Tayer. Five member committee is mandated to ensure the speedy implementation of the project, considering the importance of this project for Indo-UAE relations. Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Oommen Chandy, Minister Mr. K. Babu and Mr. Yussuf Ali, Vice Chairman of NORKA were nominated to SmartCity board as Special invites. They join other two nomines from the Government, Minister Mr. P.K. Kunjalikutty, who is the Chairman of SmartCity, and Mr. T. Balakrishnan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala. Mr. Abdullatif AlMulla, Group CEO of TECOM is the Vice Chairman of SmartCity and Dr. Baju George is the Managing Director of SmartCity.

Construction of SmartCity was launched by the Chief Minister Mr. Oommen Chandy on October 8, 2011 in a glittering event held at site. SmartCity pavilion will be completed in January 2012 and construction of first building also is expected to commence in January 2012.
visit: www.smartcity.ae/
Kochi Metro Rail
HIGHLIGHTS
• Project being executed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
• The rail track will be completely elevated throughout its 25km length.
• Total cost of the project estimated at Rs.3000 crore.
• The rail extends from Aluva to Thripunithura, and will have a stop within every kilometre.
• Escalators will link the elevated stations with the footpath.
• The metro’s spans will leave a ground clearance of 5.5 m, allowing vehicles to freely pass beneath and to take
   U-turns.
• There are proposals to extend the metro to Nedumbasserry, where the Cochin International Airport is situated.
Visit: www.kochimetro.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=38&Itemid=29
Cochin Airport's Aerotropolis
Aerotropolises (apart from being major tongue twisters), are airport cities. There are only a few airports in the world that can claim to be an aerotropolis. The Cochin International Airport plans to utilise the land under its holding to construct an IT Park, a golf course, several star hotels, malls, an MRO and an aviation academy.
Visit: www.sites.google.com/site/cochinmetro/
Bolgatty Marina / Kochi marina at Bolghatty
Proximity to the international shipping route has already made Kochi a preferred destination for yachts and cruise ships traveling to South-East Asia and Australia. Modelled on the lines of the St. Katherine Haven in London, the project will be the first in the country. A feather in the cap for Kochi port and for Kerala's tourism industry.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Only marina in the world to have an attached golf course.
• Boost to Kochi's image on the global maritime map.
• Coming up on land owned by Kerala tourism department on Bolghatty Island.
• Once completed, the marina will have a facility to berth 50 yachts.

UPDATES
• Gulf Marinas, a company based in Sharjah's Hamriyah Free Zone has won the contract for the construction of Kochi marina.
• At least two other marinas are also being planned in Kochi; one as part of Sobha High-tech city at Maradu, and another as part of Elbit Imaging's $404 million development in one of Kochi's islands.
Visit: www./sites.google.com/site/cochinmetro/bolgattymarina
International Cruise Terminal
Already the most preferred cruise tourism destination in India, the realisation of this project will make Kochi's mark felt in the global cruise tourism circuit as well. The proposal for setting up an International Cruise Terminal cum Passenger Plaza in the port is on anvil. The port premises reflect the true ambience of Kerala. Cochin port considers cruise as a major business prospect. Cochin Port offers a host of amenities to cater to cruise vessels like 'walk in' berthing, sufficient draft, bunkering and fresh Water services, Proximity to the heritage sites and scenic splendors of Kerala, Cochin city offers shopping malls for handicrafts, Oriental clothing, spices, antiques etc, Leading star hotels nearby, Modern Marina for Exclusive Yacht Parking Zone, a 'single window service' for Customs, Immigration and Port Health clearance.
Visit: www.cochinport.com/index.php?opt=cruisedestination
Oceanarium
The project aims to construct Asia's largest and most technically advanced Oceanarium at Putuvype island, off Kochi. Required land for the project (around 50 acres) has already been acquired and surveying has also been completed. The Govt of Kerala (GoK) represented by State Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA), has decided to set up Oceanarium project at Putu Vypeen, Kochi, Kerala, India to provide facilities for propagating awareness about marine environment and bio-diversity. The project is to be developed in Public Private Partnership (PPP) route on Design, Built, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis through Competitive Bidding process for selection of a private entity and / or public sector companies as bidder to whom the project may be awarded. GoK has engaged Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC) as bid manager for selection of developer for the project. GoK intends to pre-qualify and shortlist suitable applicants who will be eligible for participation in the bid stage for awarding the project in accordance with procedure set outThe Oceanarium is expected to be opened to public by 2010.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
• Asia's largest and most technically advanced.
• The Oceanarium will have a 250 meters glass tunnel passing through the sea.
• To be built in Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with an investment of Rs 300 crore
• Ministry of Earth Science and the Government of India will hold 49% stake and the remaining 51% will be allocated to private parties.
• Project will also consist of an amphitheatre for sound and light shows.
• Also part of the oceanarium will be a micro-world museum, which will display small creatures.
• A marine museum to display marine animals and plants is also part of the parcel.
• Dolphinarium and a general aquarium to showcase dolphins
• Ponds for tortoises, sharks and special zones for coral reefs.
• An International Marine Biological Research Centre and Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology Centre
• A convention centre with space for events and cafeteria.
Visit: www.ksidc.org/oceanarium-kochi-project.php
International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kochi
An exhibition centre might not sound like a lot, but what makes this one so truly exciting is the 100-floor office tower that comes along with it. Poised to be one of the tallest towers in South Asia, the International trade and exhibition centre whose construction is expected to begin in early 2010, is expected to be complete in 3 years.

The first phase of the project will comprise the exhibition and trade centre and the food court. This is expected to be completed by 2010. The second includes a 5-star hotel and shopping mall, and the third will consist of the 100 storey office tower.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mumbai-based Zoom Developers will be the promoters of the global trade centre.
  • Located at the Kinfra Hi-tech Park at Kalamasserry.
  • Singapore-based CPG Consultants India has been entrusted by Zoom to provide full design consultancy services
  • The project is coming up on BOT basis: 90 years lease which is renewable for another 90 years.
  • Total area of 40 acres marked for the project
  • The exhibition hall and the convention centre are expected to have a total built-up area of 5.6 million sq. ft.
  • Apart from the 100-storey tower, the project will also include a 5-star hotel of 31 floors providing 400 rooms and a shopping mall spread on six floors.
  • The trade centre will be housed in another five storey building.
  • Other amenities include a club house, service apartments, restaurants, ATM centres, a post office and Internet café.
  • Multilevel car parking to be provided in two buildings of 12 and 8 storeys respectively.
Visit: www.sites.google.com/site/cochinmetro/internationaltradeandexhibitioncentre
CIAL IT park, Nedumbasserry
The proposal is to construct over 4 million square feet of IT space within the Aerotropolis under construction at the Kochi Airport's land.
 
Electronic Hub at Kochi
KSIDC has initiated steps for setting up an Electronic Hub at Kochi. The proposed Electronic Hub would be developed in 330 acres of land, offering world class facilities for manufacturing, contract manufacturing, R&D and fabrication units in the electronics sector. The Hub would house companies in the semiconductor and electronic components sector, including their manufacture, research & development, design, etc. The land acquisition procedure has been initiated.
Visit: www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/006200705031654.htm
www.ksidc.org/ongoing-projects.php
Petro-Chemical Complex
The market survey conducted by KSIDC by engaging M/s. Industrial Development Service Pvt. Ltd. (IDS), New Delhi has established scope for setting up a project for manufacturing Propylene Oxide utilizing Propylene available with BPCL-Kochi Refinery. In this context, KSIDC has developed a proposal for setting up a Propylene-based petrochemical complex at Kochi. The estimated investment for setting up the above project is Rs.1000 Crore. KSIDC has prepared a pre-feasibility report for the project and is looking for technology tie-up.
 
LNG Terminal, Kochi
As the State's Promotional Agency, KSIDC has been instrumental to facilitate establishment of the LNG Terminal at Kochi. The Terminal is being implemented by M/s. Petronet LNG Ltd, a joint venture of ONGC, GAIL, IOC and BPCL. Capacity of the LNG Re-gasification Terminal in the 1st phase is 2.5 Million TPA, which will be enhanced to 5 Million TPA in the 2nd phase. The location is inside the Cochin Port SEZ at Puthuvypeen, Kochi. The project aims to supply Regasified LNG (R-LNG) to various customers in sectors like power, fertilizer, industrial sector and for City Gas Distribution (CGD) in the Southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with the pipeline infrastructure is in place.

The project, which has an estimated cost of Rs.3,600 Crores in the 1st phase has 3 major components, viz., Storage Tanks, Marine Facility and Re-gasifcation Facility. 2 Nos. of Storage Tanks with a total capacity of 5 Million TPA are under construction in the 1st phase itself and this work is undertaken by M/s. IHI Corporation, Japan. The Marine Facilities are established by engaging M/s. Afcons Infrastructure Ltd and Re-gasification facility, by M/s. CTCI, Taiwan.

Implementation of the project is fast progressing. The Mechanical Completion of the Terminal is scheduled in December 2011 and the Terminal is expected to be commissioned in March 2012.
Visit: www.ksidc.org/ongoing-projects.php
www.petronetlng.com/kochi-terminal.aspx
GAIL Pipe Line Project
KSIDC has signed an MoU with M/s. GAIL India Ltd, a' Navaratna' Central PSU to facilitate establishment of Gas pipeline in the State of Kerala. GAIL proposes to lay Gas pipeline from the Kochi LNG Terminal to various bulk consumers of Gas in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. GAIL is laying the pipeline in the following routes, for supply of R-LNG from the Kochi Termainal.

Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore Pipe line (KKBMPL) Project
Sub-Sea Gas pipeline from Kochi to NTPC, Kayamkulam
The project will be implemented in 2 phases. The 1st phase is expected to be completed in 2012 and the 2nd phase in 2013. The total project cost is estimated at Rs 3,700 Crores.
Visit: www.ksidc.org/ongoing-projects.php
Trade & Convention Centre at Kochi
KSIDC intends to promote a world class Trade & Convention Centre at Kochi in association with KINFRA. 75 Acres of land is envisaged for the project at Kalamassery, Kochi. Cost of project is estimated at Rs.400 Crores. The facilities planned include world-class Convention Complex with main and mini halls and supporting facilities and an exhibition centre with adequate buil-up space to conduct various trade fairs. The complex also intends to accommodate 5 Star category hotel, commercial complex, large parking centre and auxiliary facilities.
 
Industrial Corridor
The Kochi-Coimbatore, Kochi-Kasaragod Industrial Corridor is designed to utilise the existing infrastructure and new projects like LNG Terminal, ICTT Vallarpadam, LNG Pipelines and High Speed Rail Corridor. The vision of the project is to create strong economic base with global competitive environment and state of art infrastructure to activate local commerce, enhance foreign investment and attain sustainable development. The project is conceived to be developed as a global manufacturing and trading hub supported by world class infrastructure and green technology. The goals of the project are to double the employment, industrial output and exports within a period of 5 years. The RFP for consultancy and pre-feasibility study will be issued immediately. The first phase of the project proposes to start the corridor with 5000 hectares of land in the Kochi-Coimbatore route. The project would be implemented through an SPV which would coordinate project development, finance and implementation.
Visit: www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/article2716360.ece
www.newsonprojects.com/story.asp?news_code=12767
Reference links
www.ksidc.org/ongoing-projects.php
www.ksidc.org/upcoming-projects.php
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SmartCity,_Kochi
www.itmission.kerala.gov.in/general/516-smart-city-kochi.html
www.kochimetro.org
www.infopark.in/index.php
www.economic-update.in/industrial-corridor-to-boost-growth.html
smehorizon.sulekha.com/cochin-coimbatore-industrial-corridor-kerala-plans_automotive-viewsitem_4876
www.hindu.com/2009/11/23/stories/2009112357570300.htm
www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article2548069.ece


Kochi to get four more flyovers
www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/article2710815.ece
articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-13/kochi/30511394_1_flyover-kochi-metro-feasibility-study
www.uniquetimes.org/four-new-flyovers-in-cochin/


Call to start MEMU Services
www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/article2708040.ece
ibnlive.in.com/news/call-to-start-memu-service/211104-60-122.html


Waterways to link Cochin and Airpot
expressbuzz.com/cities/kochi/Waterway-to-link-Kochi-and-Airport-soon/343208.html

Vyttila Mobility Hub
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