Smart City discussions move to Dubai

By Indo Asian News Service | Friday, September 08, 2006 | 6:04:14 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 8 (IANS) The Kerala government and Dubai Internet City (DIC) will hold yet another round of discussion next week, this time in Dubai, on the basis of the state's fresh conditions on the much-delayed Smart City IT project in Kochi.

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 8 (IANS) The Kerala government and Dubai Internet City (DIC) will hold yet another round of discussion next week, this time in Dubai, on the basis of the state's fresh conditions on the much-delayed Smart City IT project in Kochi.

'Yes, reports that the discussions would be held in Dubai are true. A delegation from here would be sent to Dubai to discuss the Smart City project next week,' Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan told reporters here Friday.

The development follows DIC officials' visit here last month when they held a meeting with the chief minister.

Later, the state government put forward a new proposal. After vetting the proposal, DIC expressed its desire to have the next round of discussion in Dubai.

Reports indicate that the new proposal is quite different from the contents of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the private promoter and the Kerala government headed by former chief minister Oommen Chandy in October 2005.

Achuthanandan has steadfastly opposed the transfer of the already developed Infopark campus at Kochi to DIC, as agreed by Chandy, and the new proposal reflects that stance.

The government proposes to lease around 210 acres of land to DIC for around Rs.800 million ($17.2 million).

It has also stipulated that the Rs.15 billion project should provide 90,000 jobs in 10 years - a point DIC would like to discuss at the next meeting.

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