Smart City first phase by October, 2012.Smartcity Project is a Global Project to build a network of Industry Townships across the world. The first venture of this was the Smarcity Malta which was started in 2007. The Cochin Smartcity project was also to come along with the Malta Smarcity.
Unfortunately, the Kerala Project thanks to the Indian and Kerala conditions went into a zigzag course. Kerala government and Dubai internet city have responsibility to obey all rules which was signed in 2003 May 13 and the land must only be used for IT industries. Though it was conceived in 2007 along with the Smartcity Malta, the Kerala Project is yet to take off.
The new Government took a decision not to follow the footsteps of the previous LDF model of finding faults/snags and renegotiate for some minor changes in the MOU. The present Government decided to go ahead with the MOU signed by LDF without going to revise to avoid the consequential delay or loss of the project. The only adjustment is a provision to be complied with the Central Government provision for which the present Government has allotted a marginal increase in the land allotted for the project. It is expected to start its function finally on 31-10-2011 by laying the foundation stone on that day as per the understanding reached by the new Government and the project developers.
Let us hope the schedule fixed by the new UDF Government is adhered to in starting on 31-10-2011 and competition of 1st Phase by October 2012 and the full completion as per the present schedule.