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Infopark Kochi invites RFP for Phase II

Kerala IT has invited Request of Proposals (RFPs) from internationally reputed master planners of IT Parks for undertaking Master Planning for Infopark Kochi Phase II for a total built up space of about 8 million sq.ft.
Infopark already houses major IT companies such as Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, ACS, US Technologies, IBS, Arbitron, Zerone Consulting, NHR Outsourcing, SIT Mobile, Alcatel Lucent, etc. who employ over 10,000 IT professionals.
The park will offer the first plug and play BPO facility in the State which will be operational by December 2011. It will house domestic parks as well as Special Economic Zones for IT/ITES. The domestic park in this new phase is aimed at creating cost effective infrastructure for the BPO industry. The Kerala government has made an allocation of Rs50 crore towards infrastructure development schemes for the phase II of Infopark.
Siddhartha Bhattacharya, CEO, Infopark, said: “We are inviting RFPs from consultants of international repute to build up the Phase II of Infopark as a facility at par with any facility globally. Like past projects, Infopark will act as a single point developer of basic infrastructure facilities such as substation, power distribution, internal road system, water intake, treatment and storage, data & communication connectivity, land development, compound wall, guest house, common food courts, etc. The work on the first phase will commence after July, 2010 and Infopark Phase 2 will play a pivotal role in helping us sustain the current growth momentum.”
He said since the location for the phase II is very scenic, they would want the consultants to ideate how to utilize this location to simultaneously promote Green IT. “We plan to develop the campus to tap into future emerging high growth areas like data centers, domestic services as well as renewable areas, and the campus design will reflect high efficiency and employee friendly amenities."
The park when fully completed is expected to generate around 80,000 jobs in IT/ITES/BPO sector apart from the large scale of jobs expected to be created in the services sector.
"Infopark, Kochi is gaining momentum with the series of developments taking place in the campus. With the RFP floated for phase II expansion, we hope to see some good internationally reputed firms associating with us to establish a world-class campus in Kochi for global IT/ITES companies. The Phase II expansion has already generated a great deal of interest among large cross sections of the IT industry. We will leverage Infopark’s current growth and tap Kochi’s untapped potential to generate differentiated value for the companies that will set shop in Infopark Phase 2," said Dr Ajay Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary of Kerala.
The RFP can be downloaded from the websites www.infoparkkochi.com/masterplan and www.keralait.org/masterplan.

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