>>I know few companies have requested for land in Kochi .
>>It includes 2 companies that currently give 1000 + and 250+ jobs in
>>technopark .But IT secretary says we dont have land.
>>Many companies want to come down to Kerala and many existing companies are trying to expand
This is a serious allegation. If it is true then I too agree with you completely. If govt is keen to encourage IT investment then it has to show the same willingness to provide land to these companies as well. Kindly answer a few questions of mine in this regard:
1) If this allegation is true, then it is something that can be proved with solid evidences. Why the oppsition is not doing that?
2) I never heard opposition raising this allegation. If this is true then shouldn't this be the trump card of the opposition as opposed to baseless allegation of corruption? Why no one in the opposition has raised it so far?
>>Why the heck u cannot realise that Smart city is not an IT project . IT is a realestate Project .
>>Well they can ,but why Govt misuse the IT policy for such a cause?
If you had taken my advise and read Manoj V's reply then you wouldn't have asked this question. DIC is an IT Infrastructure provider. Do you understand the difference between an IT company and an IT Infrastructure provider? If you are familiar with ITPL in Bangalore, ITPL is an IT infrastucture provider. IT companies operate in the space provided by ITPL. The relationship between Smart City and IT companies is something similar, though they plan for an integrated township as well. Eventhough IT infrastructure can also be classified as real estate, it is not the traditional real estate business that sells 30*40 sites. Your allegation is as ridiculous as alleging that ITPL is into real estate business and they'll sell the land allotted to them as 30*40 sites.
>>But if govt ot provide 100 acres and 198 acres for cheap price (10 crore in total ) we must make sure we get the returns
This reminds me of the story of the goose that laid golden eggs. If you are so eager to get the returns as soon as you start the venture then you'll get neither the venture nor the returns. Ultimately due to the lack of industries the land value will spiral down and you'll finally end up with a good for nothing stretch of land. Instead why can't we follow the Bangalore or Hydrabad model? Initially invite a couple of IT Infrastructure companies, provide them land at subsidised rate and establish the credibility as an IT destination. After that there will be several companies that will be vying to buy the land at the market price itself.
>>Moreover, most of the benefits that we are providing to DIC is as per the IT policy of Kerala govt. The special concessions being granted to them are very less.
Already answered above. Manoj has given more detailed explanation. Kindly read that.
>>VS raised 6 points in his meeting . Let CM answer them
The only point that makes a bit of sense is the provision to recover land if they fail to meet their commitment. This essentially means that we are demanding DIC to shoulder the entire risk in the business. ie, if another software recession strikes the industry anytime during this 10 years, then they'll fail to meet the commitment and the entire infrastucture built by DIC on the allotted land will belong to Kerala State. I'm not sure if they'll be willing to shoulder such a big risk. The other points are all rubbish. Like the govt should hold 51% of the stake??? Funny. The entire investment, except a portion of the land, is made by DIC. How will they give us this much stake? And do you want the same red tapism of govt offices to prevail in Smart City as well? It is funny that on one end, we are disinvesting the PSUs. On the other end, we are demanding majority stake in the private enterprises!!!
>>You all are hypothetical of 333000 jobs for 100 acres
>>Why cant leaders with "irresponsible behaviour" be hypothetical in the opposite way as DIC itself could give only 5000 jobs in 615 companies
Why do you repeat the same point again & again? Pappu has already answered this point several times in the same forum. Dubai is not a cost effective IT destination like India.
>>If Smart city is a business ,let them start one . no leader will oppose it .but if this is to be in joint with state , and if state is investing on land or infastructure, any leader can raise such valid questions.
The state is providing a portion of land free. That apart, the entire investment is made by DIC. The state is not investing even a single penny in the infrastrucute.
>>Can anyone tell us if VS is not raising valid questions??
>>Dont tell This will go to AP ,so keep quiet .
No one is asking you to keep quiet for fear of the project going to AP. If you have a valid point, then raise it by all means.
>>We will keep quiet ,if DIC will buy land for its real price ,and govt
>>not to donate 100 acres and infopark.
Nice try. You can keep quiet throughout your life without seeing a trace of any industry in the state. Unfortunately this is the mentality of most of the Keralites. They want results without effort. No pain, no gain. DIC is not a philantropic organisation to give us jobs and keep us happy.