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  1. 1. MAIN ARTICLE It’s Really Happening Here In TRIVANDRUMCompiled by: Chandru RajanAcross the eons of human history, from the Indus Valley to Rome to today, robust infrastructure has been the backbone onwhich civilization has been built. Effective and efficient infrastructure is a necessary prerequisite for economic growth andthe best use of resources. It has a direct impact on investment, the creation of employment and, as a consequence, on theliving conditions of the people. Today infrastructure can be classified as „Hard‟ and „Soft‟. The‟ hard‟ refers to roads andbridges, ports, railway, power, telecom, IT parks etc while „soft‟ refers to the social aspects which include education, health,tourism, recreation facilities and sports.It is to be noted that, in Trivandrum, infrastructure developments are happening in both „hard‟ and „soft‟ segments.In this article, we have tried to compile some of the most important infrastructure projects in Trivandrum going on rightnow, all around us and projects which are in advanced stage of taking off.‘HARD’ INFRASTRUCTUREUrban InfrastructureTrivandrum International Airport Terminal – T3  Status: Construction Complete; Operation to commence soon  The new ` 300 Crore international airport terminal (T3) Main Lobby  19 meter tall three-storey glass-and-steel terminal building  Tubular structure of elliptical geometry; design by WS Atkins  Total floor area of about 350,000 Sq.ft  Peak capacity of 1600 passengers/hour – as much as three Airbus A-380s  Annual capacity to handle 1.8 million passengers Front View  Escalators and panoramic elevators  30 check-in counters, 14 immigration counters, and 9 customs counters  Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) facility for easy transit  “Two Skylights” stretch the terminals entire width, providing natural lighting. “Four skylights” in the Arrival area. Baggage Collection Area  Three aerobridges will facilitate the docking of the aircraft to the terminal; provision for a fourth.  Parking bays to accommodate more than 600 cars  Shops, duty free area, restaurants and lounges  A landscaped garden in the airport premises Departure Area  220-metre-long Six-land bridge connects the terminal to the NH 47 Images Courtesy: Vivekweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 2
  2. 2. Trivandrum Central Bus Terminal  Status: Under Construction  12-storied complex, including basement with floor area of 329,000 Square Feet  29 buses can be accommodated in bays on the ground floor  Elevators, escalators, atrium and food court  Parking for 300 cars and for over 1,000 two- wheelers.  Passenger platform with terminal facilities such as offices, enquiry and ticketing.  A central lobby , extensive commercial area, and facilities to organize meetings Construction work progressing at the site Image Courtesy: Kerala KaumudiTrivandrum City Road Improvement Project  Status: still-On-going  After 4 years of delay due to issues with land acquisition and cancellation of contract with Punj Lloyd, work has recommenced, though very slow in execution.  Land acquisition almost complete  Overall, 42 Km of roads in City are being developed  Widening of existing roads to 3/4/6 lanes  Paved pedestrian pathways on both sides  Bakery Junction flyover commissioned  Intelligent signaling and “Smart” street lights  Bus bays with state-of-the-art shelters  Project completion expected by 2012 (??)  Status: Phase I Commenced  Phase I involves setting up the basic infrastructure , road, rail, water and power supply  Port to be developed as a “Land Lord” port. GOK to set up the basic infrastructure costing ` 2500 crore. Vizhinjam  120 hectares of land to be declared as SEZ.  State Bank of Travancore (SBT) to lead the consortium of banks Multi-Purpose  Commenced land acquisition for the 45 M road from port to NH.  Tenders finalized for the water supply; KSEB for power supply Port  Dedicated rail line approved by Indian Railways  19 companies both international and national responded to the Image Courtesy: VISL website RFQweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 3
  3. 3. IT InfrastructureTechnocity , Trivandrum Infosys, Trivandrum Food Court & Recreation Center SDB 2 under Construction SDB 1 Technocity Master plan Aerial view of campus. (Image Courtesy: PC)  Status: Land acquisition complete; infrastructure  Status: Operational; construction commenced on under development 2nd Software Development Block(SDB)  Involves an investment of ` 6000 Crore in over  Land area: 50 acres  Total built-up area: 1.5 Million Sq.ft 450 acres of land  Will employ up to 10,000 software professionals  Over 82 acres of land allotted to TCS  Infosys currently employs over 3000 professionals  Infrastructure such as roads, power and water in Trivandrum supply under development  Five SDBs, 2 food courts, multi-level parking, Image Courtesy: Technopark and KSTIL recreational and indoor sports facilities and aUST Global , Trivandrum helipad Technopark Phase III, Trivandrum Perspective of Phase III. Inset (campus u/c)  Status: Construction in progress; commissioning Perspective of UST Global Inset (Campus u/c) in August 2011  Status: Construction commenced for Phase I  Phase III in 92 acres of SEZ land  Land area: 36 acres  Larsen & Turbo (L&T) commenced construction of  Total built up area: 3.6 Million Sq.ft and total 1stBlock of 1 million Sq.ft capacity of 30,000  22 acres in phase III will be given to IT  Phase I 800,000 Sq.ft of space; Capacity 8000 infrastructure developers  First CISCO “Smart Campus” in India  HCL Infosystems setting up R& D centre in 2 acresweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 4
  4. 4. ‘SOFT’ INFRASTRUCTUREEducation & Research Institutions IIST, Trivandrum  Status: Operational in temporary campus; Permanent campus under construction  3rd space institute in the world after those in the USA and Russia  Work progressing fast on the new campus at Valiyamala, Trivandrum  Expected opening : 2012 academic year Perspective of IIST campus under constructionIISER, Trivandrum Status: Operational in temporary campus; Permanent campus under construction World-class institution of higher education and research Campus coming up on 250 acres Started functioning from a temporary campus in CET Expected opening : 2012 academic year Perspective of IISER campus under constructionAsian School of Business (ASB), Trivandrum ASB campus: under construction Image Courtesy : Shafiweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 5
  5. 5. Sports Infrastructure International Cricket Stadium, Trivandrum  Status: Tender process in progress  World-class stadium complex in a 37-acre plot at Kariyavattom  International Standard Cricket and Football Stadium  The seating capacity will be 50,000  Complex includes Sports club/Academy, Exhibition&Trade center and commercial area Images Courtesy: JCJR PartnershipUniversity Stadium Renovation, Trivandrum  Status: Renovation Under progress  Will host the „opening’ and „closing‟ ceremonies of 35th National Games.  Main venue for athletics.  New media centre at the stadium. Renovation work progressing at University stadium Indoor Stadium, Trivandrum  Status: Tender process in progress  Multi-use, air-conditioned Indoor Stadium  Being built at Central Polytechnic Campus, Vattiyoorkavu  Seating capacity will be of 5,000 Includes Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Club House and multi-level parking Images Courtesy: JCJR Partnershipweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 6
  6. 6. DID YOU KNOW? Largest “Global Learning and Development Campus” In India Investment of ` 10 billion (1000 Crore) in82 acres of land  When fully complete it will accommodate over 10,000 professionals  Construction to commence in 2011-12 and to be completed within 36 months  To be the “Global Learning Hub” and linked to other satellite centers across the globe  Environment clearance for the Software Development Centre in Technopark  The campus to come up in 26 acres of SEZ land allotted in Technopark The Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, hands over to Mr N. Chandrasekaran, MD and CEO, TCS, documents sanctioning 82 acres for setting up the TCS training and development centre at a function in Trivandrum on 4/09/2010. Image Courtesy: Hindu Business Lineweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 7
  7. 7. TDF ActivitiesIn the last year, TDF was involved with a wide variety of activities aimed to promote Trivandrum as an investmentdestination. In addition to these promotional activities TDF also took up various burning issues with the concernedauthorities. Initiatives Sl No Programme Details Themed; “Intelligent Trivandrum" a brochure and video presentation was released narrating advantages & promoting Trivandrum as an investment destination in the India IT Summit attended by leading industry luminaries. About 1000 copies were printed and distributed to all the delegates who attended the event. TDF would like to use this opportunity to thank Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for providing the opportunity as well as to mark appreciation to all its members, including the following members who extended financial support India IT Summit hosted too (in alphabetical order). 1 by CII @ Leela Ajay Prasad Ram Kumar Kempenski, Trivandrum Aji Sathyalal Robin Alex Ajith Vijayan Sajith Vijayan Chandru Rajan Shaju Puthuval Hari Gopinath Shelly Jaleel Malik Sreeram Iyer Prasanth David Sujith S Varier Rajesh S Krishna Vinod Raj Rajith Mohan TDF participated and gave a presentation in the NRI Conclave titled "Cities of Tomorrow" held at Mascot hotel convention centre on 29th & 3oth July NRI Conclave titled 2010.The NRI conclave was spearheaded by “Orion Sargam”, an investment 2 group of NRKs in Saudi Arabia in association with Saihati Group in Dammam. "Cities of Tomorrow" TDF would like to use this opportunity to thank the organizers of NRI conclave for providing the opportunity. TDF challenged the public statements made by certain K.S.R.T.C officials about the non-profitability on the new Volvo services started in Trivandrum. TDF filed an RTI to understand the details of the performance of the new service, and as RTI on Volvo Buses the initial response was not satisfactory, filed an appeal. The RTI response has 3 Introduced Under cemented our belief that vested interests are involved in diverting the funds JNNURM Scheme allotted to Trivandrum. The facts have been put together and we have approached Ministers, MLAs and higher authorities to take action against this unfair deal. Detailed Proposal on A detailed proposal to form a Trivandrum Metropolitan Transit Authority was “Trivandrum submitted to the concerned authorities including Transport Minister Mr. Jose 4 Thettiyal. The Trivandrum Transit Authority will combine all the planning and Metropolitan Transit Authority” implementation activities for various modes of transit in and around Trivandrum. TRIDA in association with various NGOs conducted a two day seminar on Master Plan for creating a Master Plan for the Trivandrum Capital Region. The TDF presentation 5 Trivandrum Capital on the growth potential and development implications of the high technology Region sector was appreciated. TDF is currently following up with the LSG department for final approval. TDF forwarded its open letter to the various regional print and visual media 6 Open letter to Media houses on the failure on their part to give due importance and coverage to the Technocity inauguration and land allotment to HCL Infosystems.web : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 8
  8. 8. Business Rendezvous Sl No Company/Client Name & Designation Project (s) Details  Discussion on business opportunities in Technopark and Technocity.  Official meetings arranged with Mr. Brian S. Garrison, Technopark 1 Forest City International respective key Technopark, GOK Managing Director / Technocity officials and Ministers.  A detailed market study was prepared at his request and submitted. Mr. ONG Beng Kheong, 2 Ascendas CEO, SEA Operations  Presentation sessions at the Vivanta by Taj, about Trivandrum Singapore Institute of Mr. Yeo Wee Kiong, FSID 3 investment opportunities in Directors (SID) Director & Council Member Technocity / sectors such as IT, tourism, real Mr. Ram Ramanan, Technopark estate and port. Concept to /Vizhinjam 4 Commissioning Director & Mr. Mahadevan  Official meetings arranged with Singapore Iyer, Managing Director respective key GOK officials and Singapore India Business Mr. V Subramanian, Ministers. 5 Association (SIBA) Honorary Secretary Mr. Chng Shih Hian, Mr.  Discussion on Technocity. Tan Kian Hoon, Senior Chesterton Suntec Executive Directors and  Meeting arranged with 6 Technocity International, Singapore Technopark officials and the IT Mr. V K Rajan Senior Consultant Secretary.  SWOT Market Study on IT Infrastructure in Trivandrum. Leading IT infrastructure Technocity/  SWOT study submitted on 7 Top Official developer Technopark request from the client. Later on the same was presented to Technopark. Participations Sl No Programme Details TDF, a founding member of the Vizhinjam Mother Port Action Council, Vehicle Campaign for the 1 participated in a 10 day long vehicle campaign, covering the entire Trivandrum Vizhinjam Port Project district, against the Government‟s lack of interest in developing the port. TDF prepared draft plans and presentations for the City twinning project between Barcelona and Trivandrum. The two member Barcelona team was represented by Mr. Joseph Roca, Director of International Relations, Barcelona, Barcelona Meets 2 and Mr.Gerardo Fueyo- Bros, Councillor, Spanish Embassy in India. TDF also Trivandrum accompanied the delegation, attended the meeting with the Mayor of Trivandrum Mr.Jayan Babu @ Mascot Hotel and the meeting hosted by Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce at the Vivanta by Taj. Mr. Jesus Del Rio, Director International Trade Relations, Port of Barcelona was Meeting With Mr. Jesus in Trivandrum to discuss about the Vizhinjam port project, following the meeting Del Rio, Director 3 between Dr.Shashi Tharoor and Mr. Jordi Valls Riera, President - Port of International Trade Barcelona Authority. Janapaksham, a Vizhinjam focused NGO, and TDF were Relations, Barcelona Port invited for the meeting, attended by Mr Del Rio and VISL authorities.web : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 9
  9. 9. News & Events HCL R&D Center In Technopark Technocity Project Launched HCL Infosystems, to set up R& D The Rs 6000 Crore Technocity Center in Technopark, Trivandrum. project was launched by GOK. The The campus will come in 2 acres of entire 450acres of land has been land allotted in Phase III. For HCL acquired and transferred to KSITIL, Infoystems Mr V.K. Bahl, Corporate the nodal agency for infrastructure General Manager signed the development in IT sector. GOK has agreement. The land allotment was done during the started work on setting up the basic infrastructure Technocity launch in June 2010 facilities like road, power and water supply. Centre For Molecular Materials SAT established in Trivandrum The central government approved GOK has established the State the establishment of a National Administrative Tribunal in Centre for Molecular Materials Trivandrum. All the administrative (NCMM) at Trivandrum, as an disputes involving GOK will now be autonomous institute of the handled by SAT. The existing cases Government of India under the in High Court will be transferred to Department of Science & Technology, at a total cost of SAT. It is estimated that 35% of the cases filed are Rs.76.7 crore. government administrative related cases. 500 T Bollard Pull Test Centre Hay Festival @ Trivandrum India‟s first 500 T safe Bollard Pull The 23 year old `Hay Festival‟, the test centre will be operational in annual get-together of literary Trivandrum. The testing centre is a figures, authors and thinkers, was joint venture between CSL and organized for first time in India at Kerala Ports. All the tugs and Trivandrum. The organizers have special offshore has to go through let out their decision to make this test. Vizhinjam was selected because of its inherent Trivandrum a permanent venue due to the overwhelming advantage of its greater depth close to the shore. response to the festival. Indigo To Fly From Trivandrum ` 100 Cr Super Speciality Block India‟s leading budget airline The new block (PMSSY) in medical “Indigo” will start their maiden college will have 300 beds. The service from Trivandrum on surgery unit with have eight January. The budget airline will operation theatres, six ICU, 1 connect Trivandrum with New haemodialysis unit and 1 renal Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. The transplant unit. The ICU will have commencement of budget service will be a great relief to 21-bed capacity and 3 surgical ICUs have 6 beds each. those who fly to these destinations The block will be dedicated to the nation early next year. Thank You Please send your feedback and suggestions to Design and conceived by : Team TDFweb : e-mail : copyright : Trivandrum Development Front 10