Kochi Smart city project decision will be taken within two days: Minister S. Sharma
Kerala Fisheries Minister and Chairman of Smart city project S. Sarma, declared on Tuesday about the decision of Kochi smart city project. He said that Smart city project decision will be taken two days while he was speaking to the reporters on 18 January the Director board meeting in Kochi. He also told that a meeting regarding the discussion on smart city project was held in Dubai on Monday 17th January. Minister Sharma have expressed the hope of government towards the completion of the Project. He added that LDF Government will not agree on its previous terms and conditions of smart city the project by Tecom. He had hesitated the Tecom Company's demand earlier regarding free hold land right on 12 per cent of the land at the controversial project with sales right of 30 acres of land with a market value of about Rs.300 crore even before the construction started.
Prominent NRI, M.A. Yousuf Ali appointed as a mediator in Kochi Smart city project Issues
Kerala Government was recently appointed Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NoRKA) vice-chairman M.A. Yousuf Ali as a mediator of further discussing this issue with Tecom and to finalize the much awaited project as a government delegate. But Tecom CEO Farid Abdul Rahman said about the appointment that "A mediator should be one accepted to both the parties. Government has deputed Yousuf Ali, without consulting us and hence he cannot be considered as a mediator". Later Tecom also welcomed the government delegate for helpful discussions with Tecom to settle the concerns obstructing the project. Tecom officially informed to Government that they have accepted prominent NRI, M.A. Yousuf Ali as a mediator for resolving the issues between the State government and TECOM company. S Sharma, minister & chairman, Smart City, Tecom CEO Farid Abdul Rahman and K Suresh Kumar IAS, new IT secretary are involves in the board meeting of Smart City.
Dubai government interferes in the Kochi Smart city IT project issues
Earlier reports was said that the Dubai government has decided to interfere in the Smart city issue for finalize the disputes existing. The meeting which was held between the Indian Ambassador to UAE, MK Lokesh and the Dubai Govt's Supreme fiscal committee was taken the decision because the proposed Smart city project in Kochi had failed to take off even the foundation stone for the Rs.1,500 crore ($335 million) Smart City Kochi IT project was laid three years ago. Also Dubai Government warned Tecom CEO Farid Abdul Rahman of resorting to legal consequences if the much awaited Smart City project is not establishing within two months. Any how Tecom CEO expressed their hope regarding the implementation of Smart City Kochi IT project to media just before the director board meeting of the project.