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PLUS
Mar 21, 2008, 10:41 AM
CIAL to acquire 800 acres for expansion

IPO will be used to generate funds for this. This is clearly coming as
Chief Minister revealed plans to construct a second runway.
This year CIAL will start constructing a new domestic terminal
too. After the expansion CIAL's terminal area will be a
whopping 1,000,000 sq ft - biggest in South India.

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/3234/20080321af006104012bq2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 21, 2008, 11:57 PM
Business

Seminar on logistics management



Staff Reporter






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Cusat to host seminar on

March 28, 29

Logistics management vital in international trade


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KOCHI: The School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat), will organise a national seminar on Logistics Management on March 28 and 29. Top managers and professionals from CIAL, Railways, Cochin Port Trust, DP World and Reliance Retail will discuss logistics issues in their respective areas. Vice-Chancellor of Cusat Gangan Pratap will inaugurate the seminar.

The performance of a logistic system depends on the effective collaboration and integrated functioning of many elements and service providers. There is need to bring the professionals working in different areas of logistics to share their knowledge. This is one of the areas in which academics have a lot to learn from practice.

Logistics management is an interconnecting function that helps move materials from one department to another or one firm to another in a supply chain. It consists of a network of storage, handling and transportation systems.

A decade back we would not have expected to see Californian oranges, and Australian fruits in our supermarket shelves. In international trade, the share of logistics is around 28 per cent of the final product cost. In large countries like India, the domestic logistics cost for agricultural products is in the range of 20 to 25 per cent of the final cost.

Logistics has long been handled by small and less organised set-ups. Hence its efficiency has been poor. There is need to improve logistics system performance in terms of speed, response time, flexibility, cost and reliability. A lot of attention is being devoted in recent times to improving logistics system performance, by improving infrastructure, carriers and collaboration between different agencies providing different logistics services.

The School of Management Studies, Cusat, has been involved in teaching and research in the area of Logistics Management for over a decade now. Courses on Logistics are gaining popularity in Management Schools in Kerala.

Development in the area of logistics in Kerala has been tremendous. Projects such as the Cochin International Airport, Vallarpadom transshipment terminal and LNG project have changed the level of logistics-related activities in Kerala.

For registration and details, contact M. Bhasi, Professor, Coordinator: National Seminar on Logistics Management, School of Management Studies, Cusat, Kochi 682 022, E-mail: mbhasi@cusat.ac.in, drbhasi@yahoo.com, Phone 9447419863. Details are also available on the web site of Cusat: www.cusat.ac.in

http://cibercitycochinindia.blogspot.com/2008/03/cochin-university-of-science-and.html#links

PLUS
Mar 22, 2008, 10:57 AM
Unitech to build star hotel in Kochi


It will be a Marriot or a Carlson.

Unitech looks to ‘monetise’ upcoming hotel biz

Options may include listing, sale of assets

Moumita Bakshi Chatterjee

New Delhi, March 21 Realty company Unitech Ltd is looking at ‘monetising’ its upcoming hotel business within 2 to 2.5 years of operations for which it would explore options including listing, sale of assets or hotel REIT.

The company’s hotels are coming up in locations such as Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Bangalore, Kochi, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/03/22/stories/2008032250600300.htm

PLUS
Mar 22, 2008, 11:39 AM
I found the answer to my question

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/5883/2342796227acb38de686bba1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Photo source : productivedreams (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24768062@N05/)

This building seen under construction at Marine Drive is Purva Oceania.
This will be Puravankara's first project to be completed in Kochi. Grand Bay, Eternity and Moonreach ar under construction

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/2884/img2lp0.gif (http://imageshack.us)

tonapz
Mar 22, 2008, 4:34 PM
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I found the answer to my ms[/URL]

This building seen under construction at Marine Drive is Purva Oceania.
This will be Puravankara's first project to be completed in Kochi. Grand Bay, Eternity and Moonreach ar under construction

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/2884/img2lp0.gif (http://imageshack.us)

But according to Puravankara there is no project called Oceania, and they haven't event given the project in their website.

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 23, 2008, 12:41 AM
Kerala - Kochi

Rs.3 crore allotted for land acquisition



Staff Reporter



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Fund to be utilised to pay compensation

Demarcation of land to be expedited, says Collector


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KOCHI: A day after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) decided not to make any changes in the present alignment of the proposed Kochi metro rail project; the State government has further allotted Rs.3 crore to the district administration for the land acquisition process.

The fund will be utilised for meeting various expenses, including payment of compensation to those who surrender their land for the project, District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said here on Tuesday.

The government had earlier allotted Rs.1 crore towards preliminary expenses for the land acquisition process, including that of a joint inspection of the project route by DMRC and district revenue officials.

The DMRC had on Monday effectively closed the door on sections of shop owners who had been demanding a change in alignment.

While dismissing the demand for realigning the project through Shanmugham road instead of MG Road on grounds of technical and financial feasibility, DMRC had made it clear that any flip-flop with the alignment would have a delaying effect on the project.

The Collector said demarcation of land for the project would be hastened. Demarcation process in Thrikkakkara North, Aluva West and Edappally North had already been completed.

The notification authorising land acquisition would be issued in the remaining villages — Thripunithura, Elamkulam, Edappally North and South, Thrikkakkara North and Aluva West — through which the project passes. So far, the notification had only been issued in Ernakulam village.

Vallarpadam


A monitoring committee to be held on Wednesday will discuss the problems connected with the construction of a railway overbridge between Mulavukad and Vallarpadam as part of the rail connectivity for the Vallarpadam International Container Transhipment Terminal.

There had been complaints that the piling for the construction of the bridge had created cracks in the houses in the vicinity.

The meeting, to be chaired by Mulavukad grama panchayat president Prema Anilkumar, will be held at the Vallarpadam site office at 11 a.m. The Kanayannur tahsildar, police officials, representatives of the Cochin Port Trust and the aggrieved local residents will participate in the meeting.


http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/rs3-crore-fund-for-cochinkochi-metro.html#links

PLUS
Mar 23, 2008, 7:05 AM
But according to Puravankara there is no project called Oceania, and they haven't event given the project in their website.

Yes, Grand Bay was the first project Puravankara launched. Oceania seems to have been
a project bought by Puravankara from another group, thats why we don't see much
ads or canvassing for it. Now Purva is developing it and CEMEX engineers http://cemexengineers.in/index.html are
the construction contractors.

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 23, 2008, 5:29 PM
March 23,2008


DP World moving ahead with Kerala and WB plans
BL reported that leading global port operator Dubai Port World is going ahead with its current projects in Kerala and West Bengal where it plans to have a say in India’s cargo traffic across the Indian Ocean.

DP World’s projects at Kulpi in West Bengal and Vallarpadam in Kerala are both green field projects and greater part of the USD 500 million worth Indian investments, announced last year, has been invested in the development of these facilities.

Currently, DP World operates terminals in India at Mundra in Kutch district, Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal in Maharashtra, Chennai, Kochi and Visakhapatnam. It handled 4 million TEUs in India last year, including 650,000 TEUs at Mundra.

DP World is also currently developing facilities for the new container terminal at Vallarpadam within the Cochin Port Trust administration. With the commissioning of the new container handling facility at Vallarpadam, the existing container terminal will be handed over to the Cochin Port Trust administration for developing it as a non container facility. The Cochin Port Trust would develop road and rail links to the new facility in the first quarter of 2009.

DPW is also developing a multi-product SEZ spread over 1,040 hectares and a green field container terminal on the east bank of River Hooghly. The port will be connected to the National Highway network through a new four lane expressway and a new bridge across the river, both of which are being developed by the West Bengal Government.
http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/dp-world-moving-ahead-with-vallarpadam.html

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 23, 2008, 5:33 PM
KOCHI: Kerala-based Hykon Power Electronics (P) Ltd, one of the leading players in the Indian power electronics, renewable energy and energy efficient products manufacturing sector, has launched the most up-to-date version of the Unified Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC).

The UPQC is a revolutionary system that enables large-scale establishments like IT parks and other industrial establishments to solve power quality problems, which in turn minimises electrical pollution by reducing voltage imbalances and variations occurring as a result of gap in supply.

Like any other noxious-waste, electricity has become one of the biggest and silent pollutants.

Unlike the most noticeable effects of other pollutions, electrical pollution is the main cause of major equipment failures as well, expressed a company official.

The dynamic voltage restorer is an electronic power conditioner. This helps the losses from process shutdowns and product degradation, protects equipments from voltage fluctuations reduces faults on distribution systems caused by lightning strikes and so on.

According to Christo George, Hykon's Chairman and Managing Director, "Major power quality problems are harmonics and power factor. And the effect of these though vary from instrument to instrument leads to reduced motor life, fall in capacity, breakdowns, over heating and faulty timings".

Hykon Power Conditioners are 'designed to tackle irregularities in load and fluctuations in voltages, maintain grid power factor to unity, ensure uninterrupted production and supply'.

Hykon's UPQC has several salient features such as an Integrated Gate Bipolar Transister (IGBT) based Pulse with Modulation (PWM) Voltage Source Converter (VSC) Technology; maintenance of grid power factor near to unity, bringing down maximum demand (MD-KVA).

Regulating load voltage against sag, eliminating voltage imbalances, maintaining constant output voltage for a wide range of input voltage and fast correction time in less than one millisecond are the other features.

"These advantages are premeditated, to suit the power requirements of IT parks, commercial complexes, semiconductor industries, machine tool plants and process industries that require uninterrupted, quality power supply. The equipment is built fully according to the standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and comply with all standard norms," said Christo George.

Hykon UPQC comprises of two components mainly; viz the STATCOM, a Shunt Active Filter and a Dynamic Voltage Restorer.

The STATCOM, a Static Compensator that takes care of the current injection for reactive power compensation, harmonic current cancellation and continuous monitoring of harmonic current demanded by the load and generates an adaptive waveform.

Maintaining the quality of power has become the most important factor in controlling electrical pollution. Many companies have introduced power controlling systems that can ensure clean electricity. Pollution has become a relative term with all human activities in his environment and "Electrical Pollution" is the most undefined among all varieties of pollutions.
http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/kochi-kerala-based-hykon-power.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 23, 2008, 8:13 PM
Published: Sunday, 23 March, 2008, 01:52 AM Doha Time

By Ashraf Padanna
KOCHI: Preparations are in full swing here for hosting the India stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race later this year.
During the event, several international corporate leaders and some of the world’s top brands and business houses sponsoring the boats and teams taking part in the competition are expected to gather here to cheer their race teams.
“This race is regarded as the ultimate in ocean racing competition comparable only to the Formula One in motor sports,” Cochin Port Trust chairman M Ramachandran said.
The race will commence its round-the-world marathon sailing in October 2008 and cover more than 39,000 nautical miles, visiting 11 ports across the world, starting from Alicante in Spain and calling at Cape Town (South Africa), Kochi, Singapore, Qingdao (China), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Boston (US), Galway (Ireland), Goteborg (Sweden) and Stockholm, before reaching the finishing line at St Petersburg in Russia.
“For the first time in 35 years, the race organisers have chosen an Indian port for the stopover after extensive evaluations and negotiations that went on for more than a year,” Ramachandran said.
The race is scheduled to stop over in Kochi for 10 days, from December 3 to 13.
The Indian part of the event is jointly hosted by the Cochin Port Trust and Kerala Tourism.
“The port, which is forging ahead as an exciting international sailing hub and as a vivacious leisure and lifestyle destination, has started witnessing enormous expansion and modernisation to receive the guests,” Ramachandran said.
Apart from the world’s fastest ocean racing yachts with state-of-the-art technology backup, the event will also attract hundreds of other luxury yachts and sailing vessels.
“The participants of the race require physical endurance and sheer grit of the highest order to deal with life at the extreme, as they race day and night for more than 20 days at a stretch in some of the legs, facing potential dangers such as gales and storms, icebergs, ocean debris and whales. It’s considered the ultimate in world class water-sporting competition on the extreme edge of adventure, drama and endurance,” Ramachandran said.
The race events are designed to enable global corporate sponsors to hold networking conclaves with leaders of commerce and industry of the host country at the stopover ports.
“The Kochi stopover will help showcase India as an emerging economic giant while highlighting the country’s business potential as well as the opportunities for tourism and leisure. The race is truly a unique mix of the ultimate in sport, glamour and hard-nosed business,” he said.
Cochin Port has started building the offshore and onshore infrastructure, including a Race Village to host sporting as well as the corporate events. The roads and civic amenities on the Willingdon Island are also being upgraded.
http://visittraveltourincochinkeralaindia.blogspot.com/2008/03/preparations-in-full-swing-for-ocean.html#links

PLUS
Mar 24, 2008, 4:38 AM
Kochi to equal Bangalore in retail boom

says Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj study

328 new malls by 2010: retail report

While New Delhi is expected to get 15 malls, its suburbs,
Faridabad and Ghaziabad, will get seven new malls each

Madhurima Nandy

Bangalore: Some 328 new shopping malls are expected to come up in metros and so-called tier II and III smaller cities over the next two years, forcing developers to find innovative ways to attract stores and maintain foot traffic from shoppers.
A report titled Upcoming malls—2008 and beyond, compiled by real estate consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj, says northern India will lead the retail boom, with 136 new malls by 2010.

In southern India, Kochi is expected to have 13 malls by 2010, just one
less than a shopping hub such as Bangalore.
With huge townships and residential ventures, such as Sobha Developers Ltd’s largest township in Maradu, Kochi developers are upbeat about the city prospects.

http://www.livemint.com/2008/03/24002940/328-new-malls-by-2010-retail.html

abhilash
Mar 24, 2008, 8:36 AM
Kochi to equal Bangalore in retail boom

says Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj study

13 Malls???
Wah!!!!!

can somebody lists all

PLUS
Mar 24, 2008, 10:03 AM
13 Malls???
Wah!!!!!

can somebody lists all

Offhand I can remember 9 under various stages of construction or on sale.

LuLu, Forum, Oberon, Summit, Grand Mall, Gold souk, DLF, Vijaya (Kundanoor),
Abad Nucleus. May be somone can add the rest. All these are above 250,000 sq ft upto 1,500,000 sq ft in size

bhasidali
Mar 24, 2008, 10:30 AM
Offhand I can remember 9 under various stages of construction or on sale.

LuLu, Forum, Oberon, Summit, Grand Mall, Gold souk, DLF, Vijaya (Kundanoor),
Abad Nucleus. May be somone can add the rest. All these are above 250,000 sq ft upto 1,500,000 sq ft in size

Kalyan Mall He said that the group is in the process of setting up a 6-storey shopping mall along with jewellery in Kochi at an investment of Rs 150 crore.
A Rs 150 crore shopping mall with multiplex will be opened at Kochi, which is expected to be ready by 2010, he said.
However, the highlight was a shopping mall in Kochi which would take the pride of place among the jewellery outlets in the country, Mr. Kalyanaraman said.The Kochi shopping mall would have a six-storey extravaganza with an investment of over Rs.150 crore. source (http://www.hinduonnet.com/2006/09/06/stories/2006090605361900.htm)

source (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/09/02/stories/2006090202651900.htm)

Apart from these individual malls, we can expect some more with townships...

thunderboltz
Mar 24, 2008, 1:40 PM
13 Malls???
Wah!!!!!

can somebody lists all

Here is a website that lists all the malls coming up in Kochi:
http://cochinmetro.googlepages.com/mallsinkochi

PLUS
Mar 24, 2008, 1:58 PM
Here is a website that lists all the malls coming up in Kochi:
http://cochinmetro.googlepages.com/mallsinkochi

Good... I forgot to add Metro One, Kaloor. So that makes it 11 including Kalyan mall.

In the above list they have included many smaller projects like Admiral Plaza, Park view
etc. Even without counting them we can cross 13. I am not counting even Abad
Baypride.

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 25, 2008, 7:53 PM
Cochin International Airport Ltd's disinvestment plans slated for 2009
Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) plans to raise Rs2,500 crore ($618.4 million) through an initial public offer that may be offered anytime between April and December 2009.

The IPO, which will result in the divestment of 26 per cent of CIAL's equity, is meant to finance an aerotropolis, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit and an aviation academy. All these facilities are planned in the vicinity of the airport.

Of the 26 per cent stake to be disinvested, 20 per cent will be released for public subscription while 6 per cent will be offered as employee stock options.
http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/cial-plans-to-raise-rs2500-crore-6184.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 25, 2008, 8:00 PM
SPECIAL FEATURE: KERALA FUTURE PERFECT

Sunshine and beyond






FINALLY, when investment offers are liberally available and employment opportunities are being readily promised, Kerala seems to be left wondering: how would it all change its laidback cities and towns? In the coming months, Kochi, already among the fastest growing cities in India, will see investments to the tune of thousands of crores, making it a centre of private and public industrial ventures based on information technology and ports.

As much as 90 per cent of the over Rs.25,000 crore of Central investment proposed in Kerala has been earmarked for Kochi, especially for projects in and around Vypeen Island and Cochin Port. The Cochin Shipyard is set to become one of the largest and most modern ship-building centres in Asia, with a brand building unit. There is a mind-boggling array of other development projects, at various stages of implementation, in Kochi, including the flagship Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal that would make the Cochin Port a major hub port in the Indian Ocean region, the LNG terminal at Puthuvypeen, the single buoy mooring (SBM) offshore project of Kochi Refineries Limited (KRL), the petrochemical complex of the Gas Authority of India Limited at the Kochi division of FACT, the Kochi-Kannur-Bangalore gas pipeline, an LNG supply network for Kochi residents, a special economic zone under the Cochin Port Trust and rail and road links to these facilities, in addition to the Kochi metro rail project.

The other major investment destination is the IT sector, where the Rs.1,700-crore Smart City project alone is expected to generate 90,000 jobs in Kochi. Infopark’s expansion plans are already a major draw and several other mega IT initiatives are sprouting in the private sector.

Technocity, the electronics city mega project, the expansion plans of Technopark and the ambitious International Deep Water Container Transshipment Terminal at Vizhinjam are the mega development projects that are likely to make a big impact on road and rail links and lead to creation of jobs in Thiruvananthapuram, the other fast developing urban centre in Kerala.

A major worry awaits the IT sector. As real estate prices and living costs escalate, will today’s attractive destinations become as saturated as cities like Bangalore very soon? This is perhaps where Kerala’s IT planners see an advantage, given the geography of the State and its urban-rural continuum that has allowed the creation of an IT infrastructure right down to the village level. A Rs.10,000-crore development model now being proposed envisages development of hub-and-spoke model IT parks in all the 14 districts with the participation of the private sector.

When Tier-II and Tier-III cities go out of the reckoning, Kerala reckons it will be ready with Tier-IV or -V centres.

R. Krishnakumar
http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/03/90-per-cent-of-over-rs25000-crore-of.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Mar 25, 2008, 8:12 PM
SPECIAL FEATURE: KERALA FUTURE PERFECT

Free territory


R. KRISHNAKUMAR


The Cochin Special Economic Zone boasts one of the best infrastructure facilities among its peers in India.

WHAT strikes visitors at the 103-acre, artistically landscaped Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ), about 6 km from Kochi, is perhaps its small size compared with the six other special economic zones (SEZs) established initially by the Central government.

The CSEZ is one of the single largest employment destinations in Kerala, with a diversified export product catalogue, including software, hardware, garments, processed food, rubber products, gems and jewellery. It started functioning as an export processing zone (EPZ) in 1986, about the same time as the EPZs in Noida, Madras and Falta (near Kolkata) and long after the Kandla Free Trade Zone in Gujarat (1965) and the Santa Cruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (near Mumbai, in 1974) were established. The seventh such zone approved by the Central government became operational in Visakhapatnam in 1994. The Cochin Export Processing Zone became an SEZ in 2000.

The Centre has so far invested Rs.95 crore, out of which Rs.55 crore was invested in the zone in the past five years. The CSEZ pioneered public-private participation in developing infrastructure for information technology, and a Rs.40-crore software park, Technopolis, is nearing completion on its premises.

The CSEZ has its own power station, an integrated water management plant with a 1.5 mld (million litres per day) water supply system and a 1 mld common effluent treatment plant. VSNL’s 15 Gbps (Gigabytes per second) gateway provides internet connectivity; the zone has a state-of-the-art telephone exchange, a video conferencing studio, a “foreign” post office, an off-shore banking unit and a dispensary.

Special economic zones are primarily meant to provide an operating environment free from legal hassles relating to import and export, boost manufacturing and augment exports, earn foreign exchange and generate employment opportunities. SEZ units are allowed to import construction material, capital goods and raw materials without paying duty or import licence. They are exempt from Central and State sales tax and service taxes.

SEZ projects have only to ensure that their export earnings exceed foreign exchange outflows (by way of imports and import content of sales to the Indian market). There is no need for prior approval to bring in foreign equity. SEZ units in manufacturing are exempt from paying corporate tax on their export income – 100 per cent for the first five years and 50 per cent for the next two years. Fifty per cent of profits reinvested in the SEZ for the next three years also enjoys such exemption.

CSEZ units can also import plant and machinery (including second-hand equipment), the only stipulation being that they have to be utilised within five years. Indian-made capital goods and raw materials meant for the SEZ are exempt from duty. Supplies from within India are considered “exports”, allowing domestic suppliers to obtain export-related benefits.

SEZ units are permitted to maintain foreign currency accounts and hold the entire export proceeds in foreign currency. There is no time limit to bring export proceeds to India. These units can resort to external commercial borrowing for funding and running projects without prior approvals, and have preferential access to the Indian market for their products and services.

According to a 2006 study, the nature of major exports from the CSEZ was as follows: electronics hardware, 28.3 per cent; food and agro products, 22.3 per cent; plastic and rubber goods, 10.3 per cent; engineering goods, 8.3 per cent, gems and jewellery, 6.2 per cent; textile and garments, 5.9 per cent; and electronics software, 3.4 per cent. The CSEZ (then not an SEZ) registered only $0.2 million in the first five years of its establishment but the average investment rose to $58.6 million during 1998 to 2003. Average employment generated during the same periods were 1,050 and 4,962, respectively.

According to State government figures, export earnings of the 85 units employing over 7,800 people in the CSEZ during 2006-2007 amounted to Rs.1,037.52 crore as against Rs.696 crore the previous year, a growth rate of 49.07 per cent.

Union Commerce Ministry figures indicate that in India, after the notification of the SEZ Act, 2005, 439 SEZs have been given formal approval, 138 SEZs have in-principle approvals, while 195 are notified SEZs. The current investment in SEZs is Rs.67,347 crore and the employment generated is 61,015.

In Kerala, the CSEZ was the only such zone before the SEZ Act, 2005, came into being. After the Act came into force, 11 SEZs received formal approval, two got in-principle approval and eight were notified.

Of the eight SEZs that have already been notified, two are port-based (under the Cochin Port Trust in Puthuvypeen and Vallarpadam islands); three are IT/ITES SEZs (two under the Electronics Technology Park in Thiruvananthapuram and one under Infopark, Kochi) and three are under Kinfra (one each for animation and gaming in Thiruvananthapuram, for food processing in Kakkancherry near Kozhikode, and for Electronics Industries in Kochi).

On March 21, the Board of Approval for SEZs of the Union government also announced the granting of SEZ status to 136 acres (of a total of 236 acres) of the Kerala government’s prestigious joint venture IT project in Kochi, Smart City.


http://cibercitycochinindia.blogspot.com/2008/03/cochin-special-economic-zone-boasts-one.html#links



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emprasanth
Mar 26, 2008, 11:45 AM
Cochin airport a huge hit among passengers
Cochin (Kerala): While the rest of the country debates over the efficiency of our airports, the Cochin International Airport is setting a benchmark of its own.


One of the lowest cost airports to be ever built, not only has it been a success model but is also turning out to be a huge hit among passengers.


An exporter who travels out of the country very often, Brijesh Pattai says he opted for Cochin because he wanted a hassle-free journey as he waits for the Air-Arabia flight to Sharjah with his sister Sudha and her eight-year-old child


“We always select Cochin airport for flying out as well as in. One it’s located centrally in the state, customs or the emigration behave so well, the service is so good,” says Brijesh.


And this small town airport is a hit with domestic flyers too.





“This is the most excellent and beautiful airport. The service is very good,” says a passenger, Ruby.


The country's first airport built on private-public partnership, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is now building the country's first aerotropolis or airport city over 1300 acres of land.


Apart from the airport, it consists of:



A 6.4 crore IT park.



A world class golf course and a country club.



A perishable cargo unit.



Five-star and budget hotels.



An aviation academy.



A hanger and maintenance unit exclusively for Airbus 380, the largest aircraft in the world.


And all this apart there is a world-class duty-free shop that is already doing great business.


“The aerotropolis is master-planned keeping in mind a theme. The theme is two pronged. One is to promote employment in the state of kerala and another is to promote tourism. To promote employment we are putting an IT park which will give job to 15-20,000 people directly and indirectly,” says MD, CIAL, S Bharath.


So from 57 to 122 crore rupees in four years, he Cochin airport is today a case study for students at Harvard and CIAL is a consultant to a number of countries hoping to build low-cost airports.


A decade from now this airport will change the way we look at civil aviation in this country.


But till then passengers can only hope that the standards set here are emulated across the country.

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/cochin-airport-a-huge-hit-among-passengers/61876-3.html

abhilash
Mar 28, 2008, 8:25 AM
Central University in KOCHI

The 14 central universities aiming at world class standards would be located in Pune, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Mysore, Visakhapatnam, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Patna, Bhopal, Kochi, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Greater NOIDA and Guwahati.


The locations have been decided keeping in mind the connectivity and the infrastructure which such universities would need, he said. The state governments would be requested to identify adequate land in or near the selected cities, Singh said adding the contour and shape of such world class universities would be defined shortly.

Source:Rediffnews dated 28/03/2008

KMC
Mar 28, 2008, 5:23 PM
The one and only Sobha Hi Tech City is waiting environmental clearance


http://164.100.194.13:8080/allied_envclr/displaypending1994.do

PLUS
Mar 28, 2008, 6:27 PM
The one and only Sobha Hi Tech City is waiting environmental clearance


http://164.100.194.13:8080/allied_envclr/displaypending1994.do

Most superb find. That means they have all the land registered in their name. Otherwise
they could not have applied for EC.

Last time reported TCS dev centre and Parsvnath . This is a great forward movement
for these ultra mega projects

PLUS
Mar 29, 2008, 6:43 AM
Airlines increase flights to Kochi by 30%



Cochin airport to witness a 30% increase in flights
Published: Saturday, 29 March, 2008, 02:31 AM Doha Time

By Ashraf Padanna
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cochin International Airport, India’s first corporate airport, released its summer schedule yesterday showing a growth of 30% in aircraft landings.
The schedule will come into effect from today. “In the new schedule, there will be 451 landings per week, of which 256 landings are domestic and remaining 195 landings are international,” the airport company’s managing director S Bharat said.
When the winter schedule for 2007 was released, (effective from October to March) there were 346 landings comprising 151 landings in the international sector and 195 in the domestic sector.
On the international sector, Kochi is now connected to most Middle-East destinations like Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Riyadh, Dammam, Salalah, Jeddah and Bandar Abbas.
With 77 weekly landings, both on domestic and international sectors, Jet Airways leads the pack followed by Indian Airlines (66), Kingfisher Airlines (42), Air India Express (41), Air Deccan (35), Paramount Airways (28), Inter Globe Aviation (28), Air India (16), Air Arabia (14), SriLankan Airlines (11), JetLite (14), SpiceJet (14), Emirates Airline (10), Oman Air (seven), Qatar Airways (seven), Silk Air (seven), Gulf Air (seven), Go Air (seven), Etihad Airways (six), Kuwait Airways (five), Saudi Arabian Airlines (three), Mahan Air (three) and Al-Jazeera Airways (three). http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=209883&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22

abhilash
Mar 29, 2008, 9:04 AM
Airlines increase flights to Kochi by 30%

Does anybody know what will be the landings/week at Mumbai,Delhi,Chennai,Bangalore and Hyderabad airports???

PLUS
Mar 29, 2008, 1:25 PM
Does anybody know what will be the landings/week at Mumbai,Delhi,Chennai,Bangalore and Hyderabad airports???

Mumba nd Delhi has way too many than others. Chennai, Bangalore has about 2
and half times that of Kochi. Hyd may have about twice.

PLUS
Mar 29, 2008, 4:08 PM
Central University in KOCHI

The 14 central universities aiming at world class standards would be located in Pune, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Mysore, Visakhapatnam, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Patna, Bhopal, Kochi, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Greater NOIDA and Guwahati.


The locations have been decided keeping in mind the connectivity and the infrastructure which such universities would need, he said. The state governments would be requested to identify adequate land in or near the selected cities, Singh said adding the contour and shape of such world class universities would be defined shortly.
Source:Rediffnews dated 28/03/2008

In fact Kochi s getting a world standard university which is better than he present
central univ system. Moreover CUSAT has been decided to upgrade into an IIEST.
This is remarkable for a Kerala city to host two multi disciplnary Science
and Engineering institutes of world class quality. Connectivity and status as state's
industrial and commercial hub has been the reasons that favored Kochi uniquely.

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PLUS
Mar 29, 2008, 6:26 PM
Infopark photos (two months old)

Wipro campus - Olive Courtyard in backdrop
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Vismaya
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Wipro
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Photo Source : http://picasaweb.google.com/arunpm111/Tejomaya (http://picasaweb.google.com/arunpm111/Tejomaya)

scorpiogenius
Mar 29, 2008, 10:16 PM
Hey so there will be 2 Central Universities in Kerala? One in Malabar and this one in Cochin? WOW, that's great for the state!

Santhosh
Mar 30, 2008, 1:39 AM
It is not great when you compare it with TN.

TN has (1) IIT (2) IIM [new one] (3) World-class central University at Coimbatore (4) Non-worldclass central university.

kerala should have an IIT too,

PLUS
Mar 30, 2008, 5:18 AM
It is not great when you compare it with TN.

TN has (1) IIT (2) IIM [new one] (3) World-class central University at Coimbatore (4) Non-worldclass central university.

kerala should have an IIT too,

What is the non-world class univ ? There are no other central univ in TN. There is
one at Pondichery.

I agree Kerala needs an IIT. But CUSAT is now being upgraded to IIEST and there is an
IISER coming up at Trivandrum. To count all these (1) IIM Calicut (2) IIEST Cochin
(3) IISER Trivandrum (4) Central Univ Kasaragode (5) The new "world-class" univ at
Cochin.

Not a bad deal at all

Santhosh
Mar 30, 2008, 5:46 AM
You can add (6) IISR-- space research

But when you compare it with TN, it is nothing. TN have IIT and IIM now.

Sathyalal
Mar 30, 2008, 6:20 AM
Kerala has IIM, Calicut and IIST. IIST in Trivandrum is the only such institure in India and second in the world. IIT entrance toppers opted this. IIT means one among 12 other such institutions.

Adding to this

ISSER in Trivandrum(This is one among the 4, including IIsc,Blr)
IIEST and Central University in Cochin
Central University in Kasargod
RGCB in Trivandrum..

I do not understand why we are still thinking negative.


You can add (6) IISR-- space research

But when you compare it with TN, it is nothing. TN have IIT and IIM now.

KMC
Mar 30, 2008, 6:46 AM
In fact Kochi s getting a world standard university which is better than he present
central univ system. Moreover CUSAT has been decided to upgrade into an IIEST.
This is remarkable for a Kerala city to host two multi disciplnary Science
and Engineering institutes of world class quality. Connectivity and status as state's
industrial and commercial hub has been the reasons that favored Kochi uniquely.


This is a great bonus for Kochi , today's manorma reported quoting education minister that , they already have zeroed in the land of 500 acres , there are more than 1 site they have selected in Kochi , so a final call will be taken after getting the letter from central govt.

PLUS
Mar 30, 2008, 7:44 AM
This is a great bonus for Kochi , today's manorma reported quoting education minister that , they already have zeroed in the land of 500 acres , there are more than 1 site they have selected in Kochi , so a final call will be taken after getting the letter from central govt.

There is no need for a clamour for IIT. The reason : The annual budget of the world-univ
in Kochi is going ot be more than any IITs. The univ is to be modelled on Harvard (don't
know how coz Harvard is a private univ). So it has just got better :cheers:

Also, now more than 50 year old IIT system needs total revamping. In fact, the average
research output of IITs happen to be less than many good univ like Delhi univ, JNU.
Even with less budget CUSAT has an equal output compared to IIT - clearly showing a
need for restructuring. All that IITs have done is to create few undergrads who later on
founded some companies in silicon valley. This is really an irony bcoz IITs are never
meant to train entrepreneurs rather than good engineers. So far, thats the last thing we have
heard - an IIT graduate making great scientific or engineering innovation.

Wish I were born in 2010 :yes:

kunjumon123
Mar 30, 2008, 7:48 AM
guyz wots the difference between an indian institute of engineering science and technology which is coming up in kochi- nd and institute of technology???

PLUS
Mar 30, 2008, 8:00 AM
guyz wots the difference between an indian institute of engineering science and technology which is coming up in kochi- nd and institute of technology???

The best part of IIT is the JEE. Actually thats the only good part of the system.

IIESTs will have 50% intake from the host state. The rest will be from JEE
or AIEEE.

All six IIESTs are existing S&T universities that are being upgraded. They have
already a good infrastructure. The upgradation will bring in a Rs.500 cr worth
fresh investment.

If you are asking about which of these will peform better - only way out is to
wait. There are the IITs, Central univs from the past. Now the IIEST, IISERs
and the World univs. Each will have slightly different modes. IISERs will be focussed
on science the rest are multidisciplinary. Which of them will come out better
is an open question.

It really takes about 15-20 years before we can say anything about the quality
of these institutions. Thats why i wish i were born in 2010 :)

KMC
Mar 30, 2008, 3:52 PM
Investment in real estate makes sense
"With the industrial scenario changing rapidly, the horizons of Kochi are fast expanding and the growth is getting reflected both horizontally and vertically"

"With the IT based employment opportunities rising in Kochi, the housing sector is bound to grow by leaps and bounds",

"Of late, Kochi has turned out to be one of the safest places in the country to invest",

http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/30/stories/2008033055040700.htm

abhilash
Mar 31, 2008, 5:09 AM
Kindly see..........
The Fate of Kochin Port ??
Just because of lack of planning and Vision!
Unnecessary Strikes and Political intervention!!
Out of 12 Major ports in India ,Kochi stands at Bottom.
Even Smaller ports are ahead of Kochi.
If the same stage continues,tomorrows ports also will overtake Kochi

Major Ports Profit During 2006-07 (In Crores)
1.JN Port 569
2.Kolkata 465
3.Paradip 293
4.Chennai 263
5.Kandla 213
6.Vishakapatanam 188
7.Mumbai 177
8.Tuticorin 113
9.New Mangalore 109
10.Marmagoa 40
11.Ennore 35
12.Cochin 27

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 5:58 AM
Kindly see..........
The Fate of Kochin Port ??
Just because of lack of planning and Vision!
Unnecessary Strikes and Political intervention!!
Out of 12 Major ports in India ,Kochi stands at Bottom.
Even Smaller ports are ahead of Kochi.
If the same stage continues,tomorrows ports also will overtake Kochi

Major Ports Profit During 2006-07 (In Crores)
1.JN Port 569
2.Kolkata 465
3.Paradip 293
4.Chennai 263
5.Kandla 213
6.Vishakapatanam 188
7.Mumbai 177
8.Tuticorin 113
9.New Mangalore 109
10.Marmagoa 40
11.Ennore 35
12.Cochin 27

This figure is the profit of CPT. It does not include IGTL which runs container terminal.

Cochin port gets very less of cargo like coal, iron ore etc which other ports in the north
gets due to proximity to the mines. Also now the crude is handled completely by
SPM of KRL.

Strikes are indeed a cause for worry, but number of strikes are actually less than
that in Chennai port for eg. Actually the loss of working days due to strike was less than
6 according to CPT (less than Chennai) but Kerala special "Hartals" caused about 14 days
loss. Even earthworms declare Hartal - once I read about Siv Sena hartal. I've never seen
such a party in Kerala though :)

A port as South as Cochin will need to increase container traffic to jack up profits.

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 10:42 AM
Finally the public sector airline has a non-stop service to Delhi.
After several private new gen airlines have already started.

Non-stop flight service to Delhi begins
Monday March 31 2008 10:51 IST

NEDUMBASSERY: The much- awaited non-stop flight service in the Kochi-Delhi sector was launched by Air India on Sunday. Kochi Corporation Mayor Mercy Williams inaugurated the service in the morning.

Sebastian Paul MP was the chief guest. MLAs Jose Thettayil and K V Thomas, Air India officials Patrick Xavier, Michael Joseph and Abi George and CIAL officials were present at the inaugural function. http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20080331002936&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0

elm07
Mar 31, 2008, 2:57 PM
Kerala has IIM, Calicut and IIST. IIST in Trivandrum is the only such institure in India and second in the world. IIT entrance toppers opted this. IIT means one among 12 other such institutions.

Adding to this

ISSER in Trivandrum(This is one among the 4, including IIsc,Blr)
IIEST and Central University in Cochin
Central University in Kasargod
RGCB in Trivandrum..

I do not understand why we are still thinking negative.

There was a plan to have a satellite unit of IIT Chennai at Vithura (Trivandrum district) by CM Achuthanadan & IIT Chennai, but the Central Government vetoed this - this was eventually supposed to be an independent IIT in 5 years.

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 3:32 PM
There was a plan to have a satellite unit of IIT Chennai at Vithura (Trivandrum district) by CM Achuthanadan & IIT Chennai, but the Central Government vetoed this - this was eventually supposed to be an independent IIT in 5 years.

An IISER is comin up at this place if I'm not wrong. CM Achuthanadan wanted an IIT at Palakkad, his constituency.


Nodal officers for IIT, coach factory projects

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Sunday that the Government would appoint nodal officers to oversee the preliminary work such as acquisition of land and provision of infrastructure for the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and a railway coach factory in Palakkad soon.
http://www.hindu.com/2007/09/03/stories/2007090353790400.htm

Recently Palakkad MP and dist collector reiterated it many times, even after the rcent decision to establish world univ at Kochi.
This may now not come up as that will make Kerala the only state with all the pie - IIM, IIEST, IISER, Centraluniv, World univ and an IIT (if it comes up).

kunjumon123
Mar 31, 2008, 3:45 PM
The best part of IIT is the JEE. Actually thats the only good part of the system.

IIESTs will have 50% intake from the host state. The rest will be from JEE
or AIEEE.

All six IIESTs are existing S&T universities that are being upgraded. They have
already a good infrastructure. The upgradation will bring in a Rs.500 cr worth
fresh investment.

If you are asking about which of these will peform better - only way out is to
wait. There are the IITs, Central univs from the past. Now the IIEST, IISERs
and the World univs. Each will have slightly different modes. IISERs will be focussed
on science the rest are multidisciplinary. Which of them will come out better
is an open question.

It really takes about 15-20 years before we can say anything about the quality
of these institutions. Thats why i wish i were born in 2010 :)

thanx a lot for clarifying that- does this mean that once cusat is turned into an iiest 50% of the students would come from other parts of india- i think this would be a good thing because ive always liked the idea of all indians studying together like one...

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 4:02 PM
thanx a lot for clarifying that- does this mean that once cusat is turned into an iiest 50% of the students would come from other parts of india- i think this would be a good thing because ive always liked the idea of all indians studying together like one...

In the case of CUSAT this wont be felt much a 40% of students are already from other
states.

In fact, I forgot to mention, Central govt is not sanctioning IITs without any criterion.
They are based upon the number of successful in JEEs or backwardness of state
(like Assam). If you see IITs have been allotted to Kota (Rajasthan), AP, Bihar,
Orissa which produces the largest number of successful JEE candidates.

Even if one is allotted to Kerala, Telugus will be filling the seats :)
Or idiotic MPs or ministers have hardly any idea of it due to their
"frog-in-a-well" existence. Instead of junking Kerala's moronic +2
system they are trying to make non-existent "political capital".
It is very sad that a state as backward as Bihar has far better +2 system
than Kerala thus producing lot more JEE and Civil service candidates.
Well, I need not tell you, if any of you have graduated from +2 schools or engg colleges
in Kerala - govt or private - you know the standards of books or that of the teachers there.
Then how do you expect students to be any better ?

It is unfortunate, but that is what we have got - self-styled "literary figures"
dictating what education system should be.
There is no point crying fowl in this - we should be happy that we got what we
got.

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 4:24 PM
Oberon Mall has been completed, may be just two weeks of work left.

This is Kerala's first full fledged mall so to say with multiplex and top brands premiering.
Reliance Timeout will be the anchor store on 84,000 sq ft. KFC will open for the first
time here. CINEMAX will have its multiplex

Total area - 350,000 sq ft

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elm07
Mar 31, 2008, 4:55 PM
An IISER is comin up at this place if I'm not wrong. CM Achuthanadan wanted an IIT at Palakkad, his constituency.


yes, I had heard about that, but thats not going to happen either as Centre has not approved it. Palakkad has been getting a few other goodies recently (like textile park & coach factory).

PLUS
Mar 31, 2008, 11:44 PM
Cochin-Doha Jet service

Jet to start Cochin flight on April 19
Published: Tuesday, 1 April, 2008, 01:40 AM Doha Time

By Arvind Nair
JET AIRWAYS, India’s premium private carrier, is to start this month non-stop flights between Doha and Cochin.
The service would begin on April 19, Jet Airways general manager K Prasad told Gulf Times yesterday.
Flight 9W555 will leave Doha at 1.50am and reach Cochin at 8.50am. The return journey (9W556) will depart Cochin at 10pm to arrive Doha at 12.20am, on the following day.
The airline would deploy Airbus 737-800 with a configuration of 16 seats in the business class and 124 in the
economy. http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=210494&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

roshan
Apr 1, 2008, 3:31 AM
KOCHI: The Dubai-based Dr Moopen’s Group has announced plans to set up ‘MedCity’, a complex of hospitals and allied services spread over 30 acres in the Kerala port city of Kochi, targeting a growing number of medical tourists to the southern state.
“We hope to start construction on the Rs15bn project within six months. With 2.5mn sq ft built-up area, the MediCity will have a large 500-bed anchor hospital as the fulcrum and around it some ten smaller hospitals of 100 to 200 beds for specialties in a spacious well-laid master-planned campus,” group’s chairman Dr Azad Moopen said.

The project is expected to generate 15,000 jobs for doctors, nursing and paramedical staff.

Kerala, which is already attracting some 100,000 overseas medical tourists a year, hopes to increase the number to 500,000 by 2012.
“We are already receiving a very good flow of tourists for ayurveda wellness treatment but have not taken off well in illness-related health tourism. The MedCity will act as a catalyst to start this flow and Kochi is expected to become a gateway for medical tourists to the country,” he said.

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=210389&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22

abhilash
Apr 1, 2008, 3:35 AM
Medi City in Kochi

Promoted by Dr.Moopens Health Care Group
12 Speciality Hospitals ( 100-200 beds )and 1 Super Speciality Hospital (500 Beds)
Coming between Kalamassery and Nedumbassery
1500 Crore Project at 30 acres
2500 Bed Mega Hospital Project
Jobs for 15000 professionals

nisanth
Apr 1, 2008, 4:25 AM
Kochi, Mar 31: Dubai-based Dr Moopen's Group today announced plans to set up a complex of hospitals in a 'Medcity', spread over 30 acres here to cater to medical tourists from India and abroad.
Addressing a press conference here, group Chairman Azad Moopen said construction work on the Rs 1,500 crore project is likely to start within six months.
The group has already started talks with the state government and the Kerala State Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC), to get single window clearance for the project.
The group has set up a new joint venture called DM Healthcare (P) Ltd alongwith M/s India Value Fund Advisors as a strategic partner for the Medcity. About one-third of the proposed Rs 1,500 crore investment would be made by DM Healthcare while the remaining would be invested by other partners coming onboard the project.
He said the group has already acquired about 20 acres of land near the Seaport-Airport road in Kochi and is looking for another ten acres.
The 'Medcity', the first in Kerala, would have a large 500-bed 'anchor hospital' as the fulcrum and about ten smaller hospitals of 100 to 200 beds for individual specialities. It will have a built-up area of 2.5 million sq. ft.
Dr Azad Moopen said the group will negotiate with major Indian and foreign players, having speciality in various branches of medicine, to run the speciality hospitals in the proposed 'Medcity'.
He said Phase I of the project was expected to be ready by 2010.
The project is expected to generate 15,000 jobs for doctors, nursing and paramedical staff.
Kerala, which is already attracting medical tourists from overseas had great potential in the field and Kochi was expected to become a ''gateway'' for medical tourists to the country, he added.
Dr Moopen's Group, which had a turnover of Rs 500 crore last year, has a network of about 50 establishments in the GCC countries, including two hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. It is also running the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) in Kozhikode.
The group's next venture in Kerala, a 300-bed hospital called MIMS-Kottakal, will be opened in Kottakal in six months' time with an investment of Rs 30 crore.
The group was also looking at acquiring three hospitals in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra this year. Acquisition of hospitals was also planned later in UP and Rajasthan, he added.

Source : Newkerala.com

ashwinjoseph23
Apr 1, 2008, 4:47 AM
http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/01/images/2008040158800301.jpg


KOCHI: Revenue collection in the district in the financial year 2007-’08 has crossed the Rs.6,000-crore for the first time, indicating the rapid strides it has made in development.

The district-level revenue committee for 2007-’08 has put the figure at Rs.6,045 crore. “Though the figures from other districts are yet to come in, it is roughly estimated that Ernakulam would account for 32 per cent of the total revenue of the State exchequer,” said District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish. The revenue recorded in the preceding year was Rs.5,543 crore.

Commercial Taxes, Ernakulam, registered collection of Rs.4,675 crore and Commercial Taxes, Mattanchery, Rs.455 crore.

They had earned revenue of Rs.4,300 crore and Rs.381.25 crore respectively in 2006-’07.

The Registration Department under the District Registrar collected Rs.548.63 crore in 2007-’08 towards registration fees and stamp duty. This was Rs.398 crore in the previous year.

The Regional Transport Office, Ernakulam, earned Rs.106.27 crore, an increase of Rs.25 crore over the previous year.

The RTO, Muvattupuzha, earned revenue of Rs.38.73 crore, compared to Rs. 30.46 crore during the previous year. The office of the Assistant Excise Commissioner was given a target of Rs.60 crore during the year and it went on to collect Rs.80.50 crore.

The collection made through revenue recovery and land revenue was Rs.87 crore, which was Rs.79 crore in the previous year.

The District Lottery office earned revenue of Rs.29.65 crore against previous year’s collection of Rs.13.79 crore. However, the target set for the department was Rs. 45 crore.

Similarly, there has been a dip in revenue collection from the Forest Department.

The total revenue collected from three forest divisions — Malayattoor, Kothamangalam and timber sales — in the district came to Rs.23 crore, whereas the collection during the previous year was Rs.24.82 crore.

While it could be said about lottery and forest departments that they maintained status quo, the National Service Scheme was badly hit by the general trend. Its collection showed nil, meaning outflow was more than income, said Mr. Hanish.

There was also depreciation in income due to reasons beyond the control of the district administration, such as the merger of Kochi Refineries Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum Company Ltd. leading to a loss of nearly Rs.500 crore.

Given the current growth rate and expected completion of big development projects, including Smart City and the International Container Transhipment Terminal at Vallarpadam, it is expected that the district would be contribute nearly half the total revenue of the State in a couple of years, he said.


http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/01/stories/2008040158800300.htm

abhilash
Apr 1, 2008, 5:14 AM
Kudos to Kochi !!!

Now Queen of Arabian Sea has

1. IT City (Smart city,Shoba Hi Tech City and Related IT Projects)
2.Aerotropolis (Coming at Nedumbassery)
3.Sea Port City(Vallarpadam Terminal,LNG Terminal,Cruise Terminal,Bungering Terminal,Marina and Related Projects)
4.Electronic City coming at Tripunithura
5.Medical City (May be first in India)
6.Proposed Food City by Govt. of Kerala
7.Biotechnology part and related projects.
8.In Educational sector we have CUSAT,Sanskrit University,Law University(NUALS),Proposed Fishery University and New World class University.
9.High class Shopping malls (15+) and 5 star Hotels (20+)
10.Best Tourism spot with Volvo ocean race

Now What more`````````

But Kochi is still the Old Kochi

Just See all
Kochi has all the right to become a singapore by 2015.

PLUS
Apr 1, 2008, 6:31 AM
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=210389&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22


Good going. Since this does not come under IT dept CM Achutanandan cannot sit
and delay like in the case of SEZs.

Something that needs 15,000 doctors is gonna generate an overall 100,000 jobs definite.

We are really seeing a megapolis emerging in the Kakkanad and Kalamassery belt.

elm07
Apr 1, 2008, 3:07 PM
Kudos to Kochi !!!

Now Queen of Arabian Sea has

1. IT City (Smart city,Shoba Hi Tech City and Related IT Projects)
2.Aerotropolis (Coming at Nedumbassery)
3.Sea Port City(Vallarpadam Terminal,LNG Terminal,Cruise Terminal,Bungering Terminal,Marina and Related Projects)
4.Electronic City coming at Tripunithura
5.Medical City (May be first in India)
6.Proposed Food City by Govt. of Kerala
7.Biotechnology part and related projects.
8.In Educational sector we have CUSAT,Sanskrit University,Law University(NUALS),Proposed Fishery University and New World class University.
9.High class Shopping malls (15+) and 5 star Hotels (20+)
10.Best Tourism spot with Volvo ocean race

Now What more`````````

But Kochi is still the Old Kochi

Just See all
Kochi has all the right to become a singapore by 2015.


4.Electronic City coming at Tripunithura

Abhilash, is the one the Taiwanese firm was planning (2000 acres) ? Or is this different from that?

KMC
Apr 1, 2008, 3:57 PM
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=210389&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22


Amazingg 1500 crore Medical city ,
Where are we heading ?????? Unbeleivable. I guess this wil be the largest Hospital Project in India , is there anything else matches this.

PLUS
Apr 1, 2008, 4:35 PM
Amazingg 1500 crore Medical city ,
Where are we heading ?????? Unbeleivable. I guess this wil be the largest Hospital Project in India , is there anything else matches this.

Yes.. a large number of mega projects are reaching a take off stage now.
The fact that a large number of them has gone for Env Clearance shows that
they have matured.

It is only the state govt that stands in between them. I must say not even the
whole state govt, but just the CM and a tiny caucus around him like the
Planning comm vice-chair Prabhat Patnaik. Even then there is a good chance
of all the SEZs getting sanction now since the CPM is considering a policy direction
to all its state govt to mobilise investments.

Even without that, formal SEZ approval
is valid for 5 years - certainly longer than the lifetime of the 85 year old CM.
Parsvnath got approval in Oct 2006 so there is sufficient time !!

puppuli
Apr 1, 2008, 5:56 PM
Hi All...
You people are doing a wondrful job...
Keep going...
what abt the 100 floor building by zoom developers and Apple Day properties?
Thanx in Advance

PLUS
Apr 2, 2008, 5:34 AM
Mission 2058

10-point action plan for development
Wednesday April 2 2008 10:25 IST

Express News Service

KOCHI: District Collector APM Mohammed Hanish on Tuesday, put forth a draft of a 10-point ‘Mission 2058,’ action plan for the overall development of Ernakulam district in the next 50 years.

In his list of priorities, the setting up of 10 suburban cities is the most important. These subcities would have the requisite infrastructure along with the moderate and self-sustained economy for common public.

These cities, according to him, would be devoid of the travails of a major city, he said. In order to resolve traffic problems of the city and to give a boost to the cargo movement, he suggested development of waterways.

The Collector said that the Rs 275-crore coastal highway, undertaken by the National Highway Authority (NHA) for the construction will be a major landmark in the development of the district. This coastal highway will connect Puthuvype to Munambum.

He said that the fourth point of his plan was giving emphasis for setting up Agri Export Zones (AEZ) in the agriculture-oriented eastern regions of the district.

Kochi airport would give a big boost to the export potential of vegetables and other farm products, he said. He added that the formation of AEZs by drafting in farmers would also help to avert the tensions in connection with the establishment of the Special Economic Zones.

He said that a suburban rail service connecting Kottayam and Thrissur via Aluva would be set. Kochi metro rail would serve as an extension of this suburban rail, he said. “In order to attract the world to Kochi, international educational institutions will be set-up in the eastern parts of the district, where land was readily available. It will create an educational revolution in the district,” the Collector said.

A proposal for the development of river and rural tourism potential of the district was also planned. While promoting Fort Kochi and Kumbalangi, new attractive places could be identified.

He recommended formation of clusters for industrial development similar to the rice mills cluster at Kalady. The Collector said that setting up industrial clusters across the district would help to secure benefits from Union and State Governments and create thousands of job oppurtunities. A project for revamping the drinking water facility of the district will be implemented.

Last but not the least, was the proposal for construction of homes for the homeless by identifying puramboke land. He said that beneficiaries would be selected from each taluks.

The collector was talking on the occasion of golden jubilee celebration of the formation of the district held at the collectorate on Tuesday.

After detailed deliberations among various departments, the 10-point action plan will be submitted for the consideration of the State Government, he said. http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEX20080402000338&Page=X&Title=Kochi&Topic=0

PLUS
Apr 2, 2008, 3:35 PM
Some new smaller 15 storeyed projects from Flair-Alliance

Blueberry, Thevara
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/7876/blueberryvi1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Sofitel, Kakkanad
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3717/sofitelyu2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Trine, Kakkanad
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PLUS
Apr 2, 2008, 4:05 PM
Sahara Grace which has already had a bumper prelaunch sale

This has 728 units over a several towers ranging from 26 to 10 floors each
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/6092/kochiyt0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Webpage launched http://www.saharagracekochi.com/

roshan
Apr 2, 2008, 4:11 PM
http://i32.tinypic.com/2cr25ie.jpg

ashwynwarrier flickr gallery

KMC
Apr 2, 2008, 4:21 PM
Any Idea where is FOUR SEASONS hotel coming up , Location mentioned as Kerala only , even in today's ET , this was mentioed . They already have tied up with some builder .

http://www.businessworld.in/content/view/3936/4042

elm07
Apr 2, 2008, 5:23 PM
VOLVO Ocean Race

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/kerala-to-showcase-tourism-potential-in-volvo-ocean-race_10033744.html



Kerala tourism department and Cochin Port Trust (CPT) will spend a whopping Rs.300 million for the event’s arrangement that will take place between Dec 3 and Dec 13.

A race village on 2.5 acres of land will be set up at Willingdon Island at Kochi. It would have 10,000 sq metres of covered space and 200,000 sq metres of open space.

Kerala tourism is likely to be a big beneficiary as already the organisers have sought close to 1,500 high quality rooms and another 3,500 rooms for the people who would come from various parts of the globe to be with the race teams.

The organizers of the event have already held talks with the houseboat owners to station around 150 houseboats near the race village to provide extra rooms for the people.



:tup: :tup:

puppuli
Apr 2, 2008, 6:46 PM
:previous: :previous: :previous:

Sahara Grace is looking Great...

I heard that new Habitat centre is coming up in kakkanadu which was proposed in trivandrum

puppuli
Apr 2, 2008, 7:05 PM
Flair Alliance projects all together..

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/1231/propertyfairnh8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Vinu007
Apr 2, 2008, 11:30 PM
I born and brought up in Ernakulam which in near to Cochin.. i have something to share with u guys.. its really nice to see these buildings especially hotels and business. But the problem is that when they built a building. They never built a parking lot next to that building.. so this will be hard for the people who are coming to stay in a hotel. They have to park their car away from the building or on the side walk.. This is the main problem in kerala (Cochin).

PLUS
Apr 3, 2008, 6:04 AM
Any Idea where is FOUR SEASONS hotel coming up , Location mentioned as Kerala only , even in today's ET , this was mentioed . They already have tied up with some builder .

http://www.businessworld.in/content/view/3936/4042

It says a resort. No a business hotel. May be at a holiday spot.


Appln for SEZ status to whole Smart City land

SEZ status sought for Smart City land

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The promoters of Smart City, Kochi, has submitted an application to the Union government seeking Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status for the 100 acres acquired from the Kerala State Electricity Board, it is learnt.

The meeting of the Board of Approval for SEZ of the Union government held on March 20 had granted SEZ status to 136 acres of Smart City.

The meeting had directed the promoters to make a fresh application for the remaining 100 acres of land.

The board took the decision on the ground that the entire 236 acres could not be treated as a single plot, as the 100 acres were separated from the rest of the land by a water body.
Lease agreement

Meanwhile, the lease agreement for 11.5 acres, which was left out of the 234.5 acres handed over to the company on November 15 last year on account of the existence of inhabitants, is expected to be signed next week when the officials of Smart City arrives here for the company’s second board meeting. The meeting of the board is scheduled for April 9.
http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/03/stories/2008040354030400.htm

PLUS
Apr 3, 2008, 3:13 PM
This news says Cognizant and Sutherland has taken up land at CSEZ.
Can anyone verify ?
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8822/20080403ac003102014hi4.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8822/20080403ac003102014hi4.jpg)

tonapz
Apr 3, 2008, 4:34 PM
This news says Cognizant and Sutherland has taken up land at CSEZ.
Can anyone verify ?
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8822/20080403ac003102014hi4.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8822/20080403ac003102014hi4.jpg)

Both Cognizant and Sutherland is working from Muthoot Technopolis, located inside the CSEZ. That is why it is said Cognizant and Sutherland has taken up land at csez.

PLUS
Apr 3, 2008, 4:53 PM
Both Cognizant and Sutherland is working from Muthoot Technopolis, located inside the CSEZ. That is why it is said Cognizant and Sutherland has taken up land at csez.

This is known. Then so has Williams Lea and Wipro. The article has mentioned it
separately, that's why I sought a verfication.
Also, can anyone tell us who has won the bid to develop tech park on 5 acres of land
at Infopark recently ?

AbrahamVCherry
Apr 3, 2008, 7:47 PM
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Apr 3, 2008




Volvo ocean race: Focus on global visibility
Thursday April 3 2008 06:33 IST
EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

T’PURAM: As Kochi gears up to host the India stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 from December 3 to 13 this year, the event is expected to provide unparalleled global visibility for the state.

Briefing the media about the arrangements on the sidelines of the launch of the official website of the event at Mascot Hotel here, N Ramachandran, chairman, Cochin Port Trust, said that nearly Rs 30 crore would be spent on infrastructural development and improvement of the facilities and amenities in Kochi.

The race is held every four years and it is considered the toughest of extreme adventure sporting. And it is for the first time in its 35-year history that the race is stopping over in India. The India stopover is jointly hosted by the Cochin Port Trust and Department of Tourism, Kerala.

"The yachts will be berthed at BTP jetty at Willingdon Island. Public areas and exhibition spaces will come up overlooking this jetty. The construction work of race village has already started. We are also taking all steps to upgrade the facilities at Willingdon Island," said Ramachandran.

He added that while the ports have to pay an entry fee of 10 million euros to host the event, Kochi port was exempted from paying this.

"The stop over would also be a unique business opportunity as corporates and business houses who sponsor the boats and teams will be coming down to cheer their teams. So the stopover events are designed as business events for interaction and business conclaves. The race is rightly considered a mix of sports, business and glamour," said Ramachandran.

There will be involvement of people, trade and industry, the Yachting Association of India, the Indian Navy, the youth and school children, he added.

The race is expected to give tremendous boost to the tourism industry as well. "We are expected to provide around 1200 rooms. And we have almost made it. This include accommodation in house boats also. In fact, we are planning to set up a houseboat village with around 100 to 150 houseboats providing accommodation," said V Venu, secretary, Tourism Department.

The arriving yachts will be accorded a grand welcome in traditional Kerala style, along with entertainment, dance, food festivals, boat show, traditional boat race, stage shows, music and fire works, race leg prize-giving ceremony and departure ceremony during the 10 days.

The race will commence in October 2008 and cover more than 39,000 nautical miles, visiting 11 ports across the world. Starting from Alicante in Spain, it would stopover at Cape Town, Kochi, Qingdao, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Goteborg and Stockholm, before reaching the finishing line at St Petersburg.

"Seven teams have confirmed their participation. More are expected. Some team members are even Olympic medal winners," said tourism secretary.

The website www.volvoracecochin.com was launched by Cherian Philip, chairman, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). Cyril C George, secretary, Cochin Port Trust, K Kunhikrishnan, media advisor, and K G Mohanlal, managing director, KTDC, were present at the function.

http://visittraveltourincochinkeralaindia.blogspot.com/2008/04/volvo-ocean-race-2008-2009-from.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Apr 4, 2008, 7:30 PM
COCHIN(Kochi): The Cochin Special Economic Zone has registered a 70 per cent growth in exports during 2007-08, while its earnings stood at Rs 4,652 crore as against Rs 1037.52 crore in the previous year.

The earnings were mostly from gems and jewellery exports, which touched Rs 3,600 crore, CSEZ Development Commissioner C J Mathew told a press meet here.

At present, there are 119 units in the zone of which 101 are in operation and remaining 18 units are under various stages of implementation. The units in the zone manufacture a wide range of products in various sectors like software, electronics, textiles, engineering, ceramic and food, he said.

MNCs like Tyco, Baird McNutt and Indian groups like Hindustan Lever, Tatas, AVT, Leela and Nest have set up their units in the zone. CSEZ has opened its doors to a British company M/s Magnum Aviation for the manufacture of aircraft engines and components.

The zone is also the largest employment destination in the state giving jobs to around 11,358 persons, including 5,034 women.

The 63 Export Oriented Units (EOUs) in Kerala, 526 in Karnataka, one in Lakshadweep come under the CSEZ's jurisdiction. EOUs in Kerala recorded exports of Rs 1,079.76 crore during 2006-07 and EOUs in Karnataka recorded exports of rs 17,656.11 during 2006-07, he said.

Notifications have been issued for 20 SEZs in Karnataka, including 13 in IT/ITeS sector and eight in Kerala.
http://cibercitycochinindia.blogspot.com/2008/04/csez-achieves-70-per-cent-growth-in.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Apr 4, 2008, 8:21 PM
Kochi factors Rs 30-cr gear for Volvo Ocean Race Cindrella deal
M Sarita Varma
Posted online: Thursday , April 03, 2008 at 0108 hrs IST
Thiruvananthapuram, April 2 Kochi port and Kerala Tourism are cobbling up Rs 30 crore for savvying Kochi's infrastructure as the only South Asian port of call in the 11-port Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 pact. Competing with port behemoths like Dubai, the mid-size port had squeezed into the international race route, notching up a Cindrella deal of 10 million euro-worth license fee waiver from organisers, in the bargain.

"The infrastructure spend will be garnered from corporate sponsors, Indian and possibly other South Asian business magnates," said N Ramachandran, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust (CPT). A racing village - in the Volvo Ocean race tradition - is coming up in Kochi. "If this is not enough, a houseboat village can be fanned out in a marina design," he added.

The once-in-three years international yachting event starts on October this year from Alicante in Spain and ends next year in Russia. Seven to nine yachts, including that of the sponsoring Erickson, Puma and a'Lenta (a US retail group), are scheduled to harbour the Indian port in December. Business captains worldwide are expected to host cheerleader sessions to their sponsored teams in the 10-days stay of the teams in Kochi.

Although Kerala Tourism figures as the only Indian destination in Superbrands.com, its infrastructure supplyside is not a strong point, especially in terms of room availability. "Kochi barely makes the grade," admits V Venu, Secretary, Kerala Tourism, " About 5000 rooms are needed. There are 1200-1500 rooms in premium segment, others are in mid-segment. And this is where the concept of houseboat village comes in."

It was after a whole year of negotiations that Kochi had managed to get into the prestigious ocean odeyssey. The MoU was signed in January. It's also the only port in the premier offshore race's 37 year old history to get a fee waiver. While Kerala tourism sees it as `an image excercise with enormous mileage, but within its small means', the race organisers are game to turn the port city's fortunes to a Cindrella story. And their part of the bargain is to take the race to "different and wider audiences," in India, says Glenn Bourke, CEO, Volvo Ocean Race. Within India, the company had looked at Mumbai, Chennai, Goa and Kochi ports.
http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/04/rs-30-crore-to-be-spent-for-savvying.html#links

sowmya
Apr 5, 2008, 1:26 AM
So has the pending SEZ approvals in Kerala received notification. That's great. Does it include Parsvnath and Unitech

COCHIN(Kochi): The Cochin Special Economic Zone has registered a 70 per cent growth in exports during 2007-08, while its earnings stood at Rs 4,652 crore as against Rs 1037.52 crore in the previous year.

The earnings were mostly from gems and jewellery exports, which touched Rs 3,600 crore, CSEZ Development Commissioner C J Mathew told a press meet here.

At present, there are 119 units in the zone of which 101 are in operation and remaining 18 units are under various stages of implementation. The units in the zone manufacture a wide range of products in various sectors like software, electronics, textiles, engineering, ceramic and food, he said.

MNCs like Tyco, Baird McNutt and Indian groups like Hindustan Lever, Tatas, AVT, Leela and Nest have set up their units in the zone. CSEZ has opened its doors to a British company M/s Magnum Aviation for the manufacture of aircraft engines and components.

The zone is also the largest employment destination in the state giving jobs to around 11,358 persons, including 5,034 women.

The 63 Export Oriented Units (EOUs) in Kerala, 526 in Karnataka, one in Lakshadweep come under the CSEZ's jurisdiction. EOUs in Kerala recorded exports of Rs 1,079.76 crore during 2006-07 and EOUs in Karnataka recorded exports of rs 17,656.11 during 2006-07, he said.

Notifications have been issued for 20 SEZs in Karnataka, including 13 in IT/ITeS sector and eight in Kerala.
http://cibercitycochinindia.blogspot.com/2008/04/csez-achieves-70-per-cent-growth-in.html#links

bhasidali
Apr 5, 2008, 5:14 AM
In an interview with Sant Singh Chatwal, President and CEO of Hampshire Hotels and Resorts (HHR), revealed plans of starting two hotels in kochi, one at silversand island (Dreams Hotel) and another at kadavanthara in collaboration with VKL Group of companies which has 14-storey, 4-star Royal Palace Hotel.
http://vklholdings.com/middle_east.htm

Also MD of VKL Group, shows interest in starting a township in kochi with 4000 Crore investment ....:banana:


Source: Yesterdays business week in People Channel

KMC
Apr 5, 2008, 4:04 PM
Also MD of VKL Group, shows interest in starting a township in kochi with 4000 Crore investment ....:banana:

Source: Yesterdays business week in People Channel

They have a Property management company " VKL Universal Property Management Co." which is show in their website. May be things are in too early stages .

anoop
Apr 6, 2008, 8:56 PM
i heard apple a properties is constructing a 100 floor tower......any info about that

PLUS
Apr 7, 2008, 6:17 AM
First private container train service to Kochi,

India Gateway Terminal had handled 25,494 TEUs in February,
which is the highest ever throughput achieved in the port.

Hind Terminals to start container train service to Kochi Port

BL reported that Kochi port will soon receive the first private container train service to its container terminal operated by India Gateway Terminal when Hind Terminals commences its service from Bangalore in May 2008.

As per report, discussions between Hind Terminals and DP World, which operates the container terminal, are in progress and it was proposed to start a weekly service with one rake carrying 90 TEUs to Kochi.

Sources said that with the commencement of the train service to Kochi, there is a possibility to attract more cargo from Bangalore as well as from ports in the south. This will also add tremendous value once the Vallarpadam Terminal becomes operational.

Sources in the shipping circle said that Hind Terminals is one of the 16 private train operators in India and it is also planning to start a similar service between Bangalore and Tuticorin shortly. It had already started a Delhi Nava Sheva service.

Considering this, the Kochi port with spare capacity could be an ideal gateway for some of the hinterland cargo from Bangalore, Coimbatore and Salem. The container handling at Kochi had also grown considerably as the India Gateway Terminal had handled 25,494 TEUs in February, which is the highest ever throughput achieved in the port.

http://steelguru.com/news/index/2008/04/05/NDEyMjU%3D/Hind_Terminals_to_start_container_train_service_to_Kochi_Port.html

PLUS
Apr 7, 2008, 7:55 AM
Sahara has acquired 65 acres at Tripunithra

This is certainly more than what Sahara City Home requires. What
elsedo they plan there ?



Sahara group plans residential complex

Special Correspondent

KOCHI: The Lucknow-based Sahara group has forayed into Kerala with the launch of a 728 residential units apartment complex at Seaport-Airport Road in Kakkanad in Kochi.

According to Sushanto Roy, head of Sahara’s Real Estate Business, the group plans to invest Rs.300 crore in the Kochi project. It has acquired 65 acres at Tripunithura and is scouting for suitable land at other centres in the State.

The Kakkanad project is spread over an area of 14.72 acres and proposes to house 728 residential units. With a total built up area of about one lakh sixtyeight thousand square metres, the project comprises a mix of two to four bedroom apartments, three and four bedroom duplex apartments and penthouses.

The group hopes to deliver the units within a span of three-and-a-half years. The residential units will be priced in the range of Rs.34 lakh to Rs.80 lakh. http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/06/stories/2008040656031900.htm

puppuli
Apr 7, 2008, 11:03 AM
i heard apple a properties is constructing a 100 floor tower......any info about that

I also enquired about this project and the zoom developer 100 floor project..but nobody replied......


The Kerala government will acquire an additional 15 acres of land for the expansion of Infopark in Kochi.

Briefing mediapersons here, state IT secretary Ajayakumar said the government had lined up measures to keep the momentum going in the information technology scene in the state.

This apart, the government plans to construct two more buildings at the Thiruvananthapuram Technopark and Infopark campuses soon. Each building would boast of 5,00,000 sft space, he added.

The government’s initiatives to have IT parks in all districts in the state have been set in motion and some of the districts would see infotech parks taking real shape in a couple of districts this year itself, he said.

http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?leftnm=8&subLeft=2&chklogin=N&autono=316635&tab=r

PLUS
Apr 7, 2008, 12:52 PM
There is no surprise. On Zoom developers, they are awaiting Env clearance.
Further they will need final nod from state govt as only the formal nod
has been given.

On Apple-a-day tower, they had clearly stated that they expect to get
all sanctions by year end and only then you may hear about it.
You can check the original news posted here.

Here is the update on SEZs. Around 9 SEZs waiting for state govt
nod in Kochi. This include Unitech, Parsvnath, Emaar MGF, Mini Muthoot,
Temple Valley, CIAL and 3 others

From todays Mathrubhumi Dhanakaryam

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/8905/sez1gy8.jpg

KMC
Apr 7, 2008, 4:02 PM
Here is the update on SEZs. Around 9 SEZs waiting for state govt
nod in Kochi. This include Unitech, Parsvnath, Emaar MGF, Mini Muthoot,
Temple Valley, CIAL and 3 others

From todays Mathrubhumi Dhanakaryam




So this means sad death to all those Private SEZ's in Kochi. These will turn into unproductive townships now. I really wonder why our CM is not taking voluntary retirement and continue his rest days happily with his grand children , rather than stalling entire state's development. He must realise , its better to stop singing when sound is good , else people will respond heavily once the educated youth of kerala comes out of the political cloud ( This I wonder when will happen)
Blame it on opposition , had they been good such things wud not have happened. Its our charecteristics , we talks and thinks alot abt projects , but hardly get down to it. One Smart City or one Technocity is no solution for kerala burgeoning unemployment.

Long live Private SEZ's

PLUS
Apr 8, 2008, 6:08 AM
So this means sad death to all those Private SEZ's in Kochi. These will turn into unproductive townships now. I really wonder why our CM is not taking voluntary retirement and continue his rest days happily with his grand children , rather than stalling entire state's development. He must realise , its better to stop singing when sound is good , else people will respond heavily once the educated youth of kerala comes out of the political cloud ( This I wonder when will happen)
Blame it on opposition , had they been good such things wud not have happened. Its our charecteristics , we talks and thinks alot abt projects , but hardly get down to it. One Smart City or one Technocity is no solution for kerala burgeoning unemployment.

Long live Private SEZ's

Its too early to say so. Kerala CM is a minority in CPM. In fact, the industries minister
and the finance minister are strongly supporting these new SEZs. Industries minister
forwarded these to CM becos these were all IT SEZs.
In fact you know, the new allegations have some truth - CM has allowed SEZ status for
Smart city, but not even for CIAL when both are similar companies !! - This is really
giving TECOM a monopoly - the very guy who went hammer and tongs against TECOM
is letting its monopoly thru backdoor.

So things will come to a boiling point and there will be a decision.

PLUS
Apr 8, 2008, 8:06 AM
Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Kochi bullet train proposed

This is one of the only 5 such national high-density corridors to come up. :cheers:

Railways plan bullet trains on five routes
Dilip Bisoi
Posted online: Tuesday , April 08, 2008 at 2240 hrs IST

Bhubaneswar, Apr 7 The Indian Railways is proposing to lay dedicated passenger corridors on five routes for introduction of high-speed trains. The routes are Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Coimbatore-Bangalore-Ernakulam, Delhi-Amritsar and Howrah-Haldia.

“We have floated worldwide tenders to appoint an internationally reputed consultant to study the projects”, railway board chairman Kalyan Coomar Jena said on Monday. He said the study would commence by August/September this year.

The projects were taken up for the study following requests from the state governments concerned, he said, adding that the states have offered to bear 50% of the project study costs.

Jena said that as laying of barricaded tracks in India is difficult, elevated tracks are the only option for high-speed trains. However, since the cost of laying this kind of track is prohibitively high, implementation of the project is possible only with private initiatives. He said if India does have high-speed trains at all, it will opt for those running at a speed of 300 km/ hr. http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Railways-plan-bullet-trains-on-five-routes/293724/


More links to the news

http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=435386&sid=ZNS

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080408/jsp/nation/story_9106960.jsp

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20080407140812&Page=Q&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0

http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/08/stories/2008040857810100.htm

PLUS
Apr 8, 2008, 2:23 PM
Mathrubhumi report quotes KCA chief that international cricket stadium is
coming up at Tripunithra. Land has been chosen by KCA and BCCI.
BCCI will bear 50% of the more than a Rs.100 cr project.

KMC
Apr 8, 2008, 3:38 PM
Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Kochi bullet train proposed

This is one of the only 5 such national high-density corridors to come up. :cheers:
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Let us be practical ,we certainly dont have a governemnt who can implement such high profile works.
There is a road called Sahodaran Ayyappan road in Kochi , Various govt's are doing expansion on it for more than 10 years!!! that too for a small stretch of 3.5 KMs.
A govt which cant get things right for the ambitious metro rail project , i just cant beleive they are capable of handling such high profile projects like rail corridor.

elm07
Apr 8, 2008, 3:40 PM
Mathrubhumi report quotes KCA chief that international cricket stadium is
coming up at Tripunithra. Land has been chosen by KCA and BCCI.
BCCI will bear 50% of the more than a Rs.100 cr project.

Now a days Tripunithura and Kalamassery seem to be the 2 hot spots for mega projects (other than Kakkanad of course) :)

PLUS
Apr 8, 2008, 3:48 PM
Let us be practical ,we certainly dont have a governemnt who can implement such high profile works.
There is a road called Sahodaran Ayyappan road in Kochi , Various govt's are doing expansion on it for more than 10 years!!! that too for a small stretch of 3.5 KMs.
A govt which cant get things right for the ambitious metro rail project , i just cant beleive they are capable of handling such high profile projects like rail corridor.

Well this one is a Railways project - not really a state govt project. It is expected to
be operational ona a time-scale of about 10 years. Remember its the feasibility
study thats on.

The difference between Metro and SA Road is one E.Sreedharan. As long as DMRC is
in charge you can expect far better deliveries than Kerala govt or Cochin corporation.

Incidently, now SA Road widening will be paced up as DMRC insists on this to avoid
traffic jams. I gues its only about 300 mtrs more in patches that needs widening on
SA road. In fact road is going to be widened upto Petta. DMRC has agreed to extend
to Tripunithra if Petta-Tripunithra stretch is also widened.

puppuli
Apr 8, 2008, 9:45 PM
Gould Souk Kochin

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4520/goldsoukweddingsoukpr3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

AbrahamVCherry
Apr 8, 2008, 9:52 PM
India's gem and jewelry products were the main catalyst for the sharp rise in exports from the Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) in the year ending March 31, 2008.

The CSEZ’s export earnings more than tripled to INR 4,652 crore ($1.16 billion) in the fiscal year 2007-08, from INR 1,037.52 ($259.54 million) the previous year.

According to local media reports, CSEZ Development Commissioner C J Mathew said gem and jewelry exports accounted for approximately 77 percent of the total at INR 3,600 ($900.56 million.)

The CSEZ, which initially emphasized areas such as rubber and rubber products exports and electronics hardware, is designed to facilitate foreign direct investment and is run by the government of India.
http://cibercitycochinindia.blogspot.com/2008/04/india-jewelry-spurs-rise-in-exports-at.html#links

AbrahamVCherry
Apr 8, 2008, 10:09 PM
Kerala - Kochi

Cooperative for quarry explosives



Special Correspondent



Branches at major quarrying centres planned





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It will store explosives and supply them to quarries at regular intervals depending on need

Expected to curb accidents during storing and handling of explosives


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KOCHI: In order to store and supply the highly hazardous explosives required for the hundreds of stone quarries in Ernakulam district, a cooperative society is being set up with branches at major quarrying centres.

The society, to be launched later this month, will store licensed explosives and supply them to the quarries at regular intervals depending on their needs.

The setting up of the society, which will act as a centralised agency, will be a major step in checking accidents during storing and handling of explosives. It will also take care of the quarry owners’ long-standing grievance of anomalies and corruption in issuing licences for explosives.

Society concept


The concept of the society was mooted by the All-Kerala Karinkal Quarry Association, which is miffed at the stringent controls as well as bureaucratic delay in issuing licences.

However, it was after a State-level shutdown agitation by the association members, especially in Ernakulam district, in January that the government took a positive view of the idea.

Meeting held


At a meeting called by the Industries Minister and attended by senior bureaucrats as well as association functionaries to end the agitation, the cooperative society idea was accepted.

The government side contended that since the restrictions and controls on issuing individual explosives licences could not be eased in view of the possibility of abuse for terrorist activities, licences could be given to a registered cooperative society.

Such societies, consisting of quarry owners, could be set up at district or taluk level or even at major quarrying centres. Already, a district-level society was functioning in Wayanad.

Ernakulam district Karinkal Quarry Association functionaries told The Hindu that apart from the district-level society, several branches would be opened where magazines would be kept so that smooth and timely supply of explosives could be ensured.

By scientifically storing the explosives, the society could check accidents while handling.

Accidents


The quarrying industry in Ernakulam district, which employs up to 10,000 workers, had slipped into a deep crisis following two quarry accidents that killed six workers three weeks apart in December-January. Following the accidents, government authorities stopped the functioning of many quarries, though the ban was lifted later.Resistance to quarrying by local people and environmental groups has also been on the rise because of noise pollution and other health hazards.

An assault on mediapersons from a TV channel last month, allegedly by persons hired by a quarry, had triggered popular wrath against the quarries in the district.

http://cochinoverseasfundsociety.blogspot.com/2008/04/cooperative-for-quarry-explosives-being.html

PLUS
Apr 9, 2008, 5:38 AM
Helicopter engine to be manufactured at CSEZ by British major
Magnus Aviation

Construction of plant started, production to start in Sept 2008.

This goes on to show that given no redtapes involving state govt Kochi
is a hot favorite for manufacturing too. If state govt were not
involved in SEZ sanctions, many of the IT SEZs at Kochi would have
already taken off creating lakhs of jobs by now.

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5742/heli1rb7.jpg
From Mathrubhumi 07/04/2008

SREEKUMAR
Apr 9, 2008, 6:55 AM
Sad news. We are losing the active district collector. Trichur collector is being transferred to EKM.

PLUS
Apr 9, 2008, 9:42 AM
Yes, sad. People will remember his good work and of course, integrity.
Like Gyaneshkumar and Mohammed Hanish lets hope the next collector
too will lead the way.

Update from Mir Realtors site. Jade Heights-I has been 90% sold out.
Jade Heights-II construction starts.


Jade Heights II has arrived

Jade Heights II, the second twin tower at Green Metropolis, Kakkanad has arrived, assuring the same magical and refreshing experience promised at Emerald Park and Jade Heights I. Standing tall and handsome at 32-storeys, Jade Heights II is spacious enough to house 145 three-bedroom apartments, five on each floor. Go higher up this stunning high-rise and enjoy life in the heavens at the 2 luxurious penthouses on offer. http://www.mirrealtors.in/MoreNews.aspx?Nid=61



Olive Courtyard closing in
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PLUS
Apr 9, 2008, 1:02 PM
CIAL has cut down the maintainence restriction period from 7 months
to 4 months. Also daily closure time has been cut down from 10 hours
to 8 hours.

Watch a latest take of CIAL here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeiNg4W51sg). Source : Mayankkhanna youtube

elm07
Apr 9, 2008, 3:35 PM
This is Phase 3 of L & T's Park planned at Kochi, its called Swapnalaya.

http://www.lnttechpark.com/php/showContent.php?linkid=51&parentid=33

viperpaul22
Apr 9, 2008, 7:10 PM
Work on Kerala IT city to begin October

Kochi, April 9: The board of directors of the proposed Rs.15-billion Smart City project here in Kerala late Wednesday evening decided that the work on the project would commence in October.


Addressing reporters here after the three-hour long meeting, chairman of the board and state Fisheries Minister S. Sarma said the consultancy for the preparation of the master plan would be agreed upon within the next 10 days.

Dubai Internet City (DIC) officials, who will be building city, were also present at the second full board meeting of the Smart City project after the agreement was inked last May.

"Work will begin in October. We have now got special economic zone (SEZ) status for 100 acres of the total 246 acres. We will try and get the SEZ status for remaining area also," Sarma said.

The project was finally cleared last May, nearly three years after it was first mooted. When complete, it would have 8.8 million square feet of building, of which 70 percent would be for IT and IT-enabled services.

Source: NewKerala.com

bhasidali
Apr 10, 2008, 5:16 AM
The company has taken steps for securing the Special Economic Zone status for the remaining 100 acres. In addition to this, efforts are being made to obtain another 167 acres for future development of the project.



So smart city will have 246 + 167 = 413 Acres....:banana:

PLUS
Apr 10, 2008, 5:33 AM
Source: NewKerala.com

It is the other way Paul. They need SEZ status for 100 acres more, they have
SEZ status for 136 acres.

Here is a better news

Two consultants short-listed

Staff Reporter

To prepare master plan for Smart City project in Kochi

KOCHI: Giving impetus to the proposed Smart City project, a director board meeting of the company here on Wednesday short-listed two consultants for drawing up a master plan for the project. The names of the consultants would be announced as soon as the formalities in this regard are over.

“The short-listing of master planners for SmartCity Kochi is a defining step towards our commitment to the fulfilment of the project. The master plan will focus on creating complete business and community infrastructure keeping in mind the requirements of high-quality work environment for knowledge-based industries and the experience of a rich community lifestyle for its workers,” Fareed Abdulrahman, Chief Executive Officer of SmartCity, said.
Lease agreement

The company had received proposals from four national and international players for preparing the master plan last year.

...

The company has taken steps for securing the Special Economic Zone status for the remaining 100 acres. In addition to this, efforts are being made to obtain another 167 acres for future development of the project. http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/10/stories/2008041060650100.htm