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    No Smart City, Parassinikadavi WaterPark is OK!

    No Smart City, Parassinikadavi WaterPark is OK!
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    No Smart City, Parassinikadavi WaterPark is OK!

    What a double standard!

    On one side CPI (M) is opposing Smart City and barking baseless allegations of Corruption, Pollution, Environmental Problems, etc. On other side, they are supporting a WaterPark in Parassinikadavu, Kannur district, which is going to be a complete waste.

    One one side leftists are opposing Coco Cola plant in Plachimada, near Palakkad, alleging that the MNC is wasting drinking water of villages. Many labourers in the Coco Cola plant are on the verge of losing their job. On other side, same CPI (M) is building a WaterPark, there by wasting the drinking water of tens of thousands of poor peoples in Parassinikadavu and near by villages.

    I am requesting my fellow Malayalis to think about all these facts. Use your brain and identify who are the real corrupt.

    I am requesting all Malayalis to start a mass agitation against CPI (M) in Kannur and all over Kerala against this anti-People Water Park!

    We don't want one more Water Park in Kerala.

    If Communists will not stop the works in Parassinikadavu, we will force to dissolve poison (furadan) in the water, and there by sabotage this anti-People Water Park.

    If Coco Cola plant is misusing water in Plachimada, CPI (M) is doing the samething in Parassinikadavu.

    Dear Malayalis, this is the right time to isolate and defeat anti-People devils like CPI (M) and LDF.


    Regards,

    Rivaji
  • #175
    CPI (M) is the curse of Kerala.

    Defeat them.

    Kerala don't want CPI (M) and LDF anymore.


    Congress-led UDF in Treasury Bench, and BJP-led NDA in Opposition bench is better alternative. CPI (M) is anti-Development and anti-People.


    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #177
    You need Support of LDF in DELHI, You are saying that LDF is bad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    What is this? I am sure that You are a Congress person. Only such a person can do that....
    Just say we don't need the support of LDF in DELHI If you can......
    Don't say anything, we are not fools ok?
    we are also listening to news and whats happening here in India...............So please stop this political gimmick. You don't worry, your time will also come.... because EVERY DOG HAS A DAY..........

  • #178
    I cannot understand why Riva is oozzing away from the topic of this website
    ITS all about Smart city '
    He tries to bring raw politics into it
    Our question is is smart city a acceptable project ?
    Can it be accepted as the conditions are put in now?
    Or do we need to revise it ?

    Here ,the discussion has been so healthy
    The topic is not against any party
    It comments on CM as he's the advocate of it
    It comments on VS the opposition leader as he brings out facts

    About Water park,There are different opinion
    This park is by co-operative groups monitered by CPI(M)
    I'm a CPI(M) associate ,but I strongly oppose the water park project
    If any party member has oppposition in this regard he wll put them in party forum and not to public.

    If you need to discuss about "anti-People devils like CPI (M) and LDF" this is not the place.

  • #179
    Software Professionals will look for data, so here it is:

    I would like to share with you some information and analysis regarding “Smart City “…!!!



    We are providing a comparative study of Trivandrum Techno Park, Info Park and Proposed Smart City. It will highlight the neglect towards prospective sectors and losses for the state of Kerala and people because of blind support for DIC.




    Investment
    ------------
    Technopark Current Status: 200 Crores by Gok
    Technopark Proposed Status:1000 Crores by Infosys, TCS, Us Software, Sasken and 100 crores by Gok

    Smartcity/infopark current status: 100 Crores by Gok
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status: 400 Crores by DIC in 2 yrs

    Ownership
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    Technopark Current Status: GoK and multiple investors
    Technopark Proposed Status: GoK and multiple investors

    Smartcity/infopark current status: GoK and multiple investors
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status: DIC and multiple investors

    Land Requirement
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    Technopark Current Status: 242 acres
    Technopark Proposed Status: Additional 100 acres

    Total – 342 acres

    Smartcity/infopark current status: 400 acres initial
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status:1000 acres final

    Built Up Space
    --------------------------------
    Technopark Current Status: 15 lakhs sq ft by GoK
    Technopark Proposed Status: 40 lakhs sq ft by Gok and Pvt. investors
    Smartcity/infopark current status: 3.25 lakhs sq ft
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status: not mentioned

    No: of Companies
    --------------------
    Technopark Current Status: 75
    Technopark Proposed Status: --
    Smartcity/infopark current status: 25
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status: not mentioned


    Jobs
    ---------------------------------
    Technopark Current Status: 7500
    Technopark Proposed Status: Additional 20,000 (no investment by Gok) + 2500 in next 3-4 years
    Smartcity/infopark current status: 721
    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status: Maximum 3000 p.a., 10,000 in next 5 years


    Employer: Employee (average)
    -------------------------------------------
    Technopark Current Status: 1:100
    Smartcity/infopark current status: 1:28


    Jobs/Acre
    --------------------------------
    Technopark Current Status: 49
    Technopark Proposed Status: 116

    Smartcity/infopark Proposed Status :30-35


    Revenue for Gok
    -----------------------------------
    Technopark Current Status: Rent/Lease/ of 15 lakhs sq ft and Land Selling. Recurring in nature.
    Technopark Proposed Status:Rent/Lease/ of 20 lakhs sq ft and Land Selling. Recurring in nature.
    Smartcity/infopark current status: Rent/Lease/ of 3.25 lakhs sq ft and Land Selling. Recurring in nature.

    Smartcity/infopark Proposed status:
    Only if dividend declared.
    Maximum 9% of any profit.










    Drawbacks:-



    Since inception 4 years ago DIC - Dubai has managed to attract 615 companies and provide employment for 5500 only, which questions against their credibility.
    Transfer of 100 acres of land originally acquired for Bhramapuram Thermal plant will curtail future expansion of the plant.
    Preference for employment only for local population for specified jobs is against constitution. (News in Malayala Manorama)
    Most of the employees will be from outside Kerala and India. (News in Malayala Manorama)
    Gok Kerala cannot be a member in Directors Board. As per companies act 1956 an individual should have more than 9% share to represent director’s board. The DIC has agreed to pay 136 crores for Info Park and 62 acres of land.


    Total Investment 1500 Crores

    9 % Share will be 1500 * 9/100 = 135 Crores - - - - Tricky Mathematics

    DIC has not mentioned about the sector to create 33,000 jobs. Whether it’s in IT/ITES, Tourism, Real Estate, direct or indirect jobs.




    * The facts and figures used in analysis has been gathered from official sources and news paper



    The “Kerala’s largest circulation daily” – Malayala Manorama and some other electronic media are behind the much hyped “Dubai Smart City”. The Gok of Kerala is giving 100 acres of free land; selling existing infrastructure facilities for Rs 136 crores, Gok will be shortly declaring Info Park as “SEZ”. Gok has giving so much incentives and option to develop Kochi and DIC to generate around 3000 jobs in 3 years, 10,000 jobs in 5 years and 18,300 jobs in 10 years respectively in different sectors. If DIC failed to generate this much jobs in phased manner they will be charged a compensation of Rs 6,000 per job. Even if DIC is not generating any jobs the maximum compensation payable to Gok will be Rs 19 crores and 80 lakhs. (33,000 * 6000). Can Gok surrogate 400 acres of land and Info Park facility with this compensation amount?



    Can you justify answers for the following questions?



    Does Smart City really need 400 acres of land (4 times the size of Vatican City)? The DIC here in Dubai is based on not more than 50 acres of land!
    The DIC is not a technology company as it might seem from the outside. The DIC itself is essentially a Real Estate company. Do our politicians understand this?
    By giving away excessive land (as freehold) to one party, would it not jeopardize the potential for other future development in that area (i.e. more employment opportunities employing the same resource of land)?
    Would the new land owners later use the excess freehold land for other real estate business - like selling apartments and villas?
    Are there sufficient controls in place to ensure that the future use of land is strictly for its originally intended purposes?
    Aren't there Indian corporations that can do the same real estate development for the technology park, like DIC could do? If Kochi has so hyped potential, Can't the Gok develop and IT Park? Why we need a "Third Party"?


    So don’t go behind media hype, Ommen Chandy, V. S or MFAR group; just make ourselves an evaluation on facts……….!!!



    Some other responses to this chain mail

    What VS told about Internet City & the Facts?

    That the smart city agreement will be reconsidered if LDF comes to power since :

    It is the biggest ever land scandal in the history of Kerala.

    Land and assets worth Rs 1115 crores is sold out for just 145 crores.
    The state government is planning to sell the info park building( for which 70 crores was already spend) + 298.67 Acres of land for 145 crores. Do you believe that this is a genuine deal? If so you have to go back to your LKG classes...
    Presently the state government is getting 5 crores per annum from rent alone.
    If Dubai internet city is not able to generate 33000 jobs in10 years the penalty they had to pay is only 20 crores after 10 years!!!!!
    Other Responses

    A rational thinking man knows very well that DIC is not credible body regarding IT; they are neither a software co or software service provider. They are simply a real estate developer.

    The DIC at Dubai is also not a big thing; they are employing only 5500 people in more than 300 or 350 cos. So average 15 people per company!! Most of the offices are regional marketing offices or sales offices. Dubai being an entry point for several countries in middle east, Africa etc, some companies have put up their office there. Infact not much software development taking place.

    What VS argued is true. How can a company employing only 5500 people give job to 33000 people here? The fallacy is the compensation if they are not able to provide that, that too after 10 years, a meager 19 crores. The infopark building itself costs now 70 crores, not to mention about the acres of land surrounding it.

    The argument that DIC is owned by Dubai Govt is not much valid. We may say that the Makthoum family of Dubai has share in the parent holding of DIC, thatz all. Dubai is ruled by the private family, of Sheikh Maktoum. Almost all real estate developments happening there are owned by these rulers or sheikhs. It is not like a democratic govt like ours. These sheikhs own the luxury hotels, Malls etc. Recently Sheikh of Abu Dhabi had bought the world's most luxurious hotel, Burl -Al- Arab from Dubai Sheikh.

    Why Govt is not so fast in granting them land. Infoys had been waiitng for about 2 years to get land in TVM. Now they are expected to get it by November. Why the interest shown to DIC is not in the case of these desi companies?. Perhaps the middlemen would not be benefitted in the deal, isn't it?

    Best Regards,

    Sarat Ramachandran Nair

    Infosys Technologies Limited,

  • #180
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    AN OPEN LETTER TO CHEIF MINISTER -SMART CITY |
    FROM A SOFTWARE ENGG |
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    Dear Chief Minister,

    This is regarding your efforts to bring Smart City to Kerala and your subsequent press briefings. Its been brought out as if all this is done for us - IT professionals. Could you please make certain things clear?

    Why do you talk about Labor camps in Dubai to justify giving land to Dubai Internet City (DIC)? How are they related? Then why are you not talking of the less deprived here? Our Adivasis were cheated time and again citing there is no free land available for them. How then can you say you are giving off 100 acres of land ‘left over’ after Bramapuram project? So it’s just a ploy. You happily ignore the fact that it’s in the very same city where you saw the so-called heaven that you saw the miserable labour camp too. You are just looking for excuses and blames it on us –the IT professionals. We would like to make some things clear.

    The exodus of experienced IT professionals is the greatest challenge that any software company faces today. You ask any IT firm they’ll very clearly say attrition is the greatest threat. In the case of IT at least, our professionals are going abroad NOT because they couldn’t get a job here but because they got a job here and was experienced enough to go abroad and earn more. Mr. Chief Minister, you didn’t find any of us in those labour camps. We are going abroad by choice and not because we are forced to.

    IT firms have focused on Kerala because we are qualified enough and the labour here is comparatively cheap. Not because you construct a building there. The much-needed infrastructure that of electricity and water should still be provided by our Government. Connectivity is cheap, easy and fast. What else are you looking for from DIC? Building constitutes just 10% of the infrastructure.

    DIC is not an IT firm. They are into real estate business. HOW can you give them those incentives, which can be given only to IT firms? It cannot even be classified as a private park as private IT parks can only house IT or ITES firms. THEN HOW CAN YOU DEAL WITH THEM AS PER IT POLICY? Do you have any assurance that they’ll use these land ONLY FOR IT OR ITES operations? Any written assurance? Or will you also like your predecessor Mr. Antony as in the case of self-financing colleges come back to us with crocodile tears and say they betrayed me? Or is this a ploy to extend all these facilities to Muthoot group and its private technopolis too?

    How did you come to this figure of 33300 jobs? How was this projection made? Any project management basics will tell you that the number of resources depends on the work in hand and duration. Have you estimated the work? You are just trying to fool the public again. IT policy to encourage less land utilization says every IT firm that employee 100 people or more per 0.3 acres of land consumed will be given an incentive. And DIC wants 100 acres free. IF 0.3 acres = 100 then 1 acre = 333 then 100 acre = 33300.
    THIS MIGHT BE THE FIRST DEAL ON EARTH WHERE JOB OPPURTUNITIES ARE DETERMINED BY THE LAND GIVEN FREE. If there is any other arithmetic behind this 33300, then we challenge the government to come up with that. But Mr. CM we now understand why we are in debt. Your calculator sensed your intentions and ditched you .To maintain the density for subsidy the job opportunities should be 33333 not 33300. And also its not just 100 acres its more than 300 acres.

    You say the deal is because government does not have funds to build the needed infrastructure. WHY THEN ARE YOU SELLING INFOPARK? It has the entire infrastructure you can ask for. If there is something more required let the government name it. You have 26 companies operating there already. Around 4 lakh built up space constructed at Rs 1600/sq. ft. A monthly income from rent at Rs 16/sq. ft. Why do you throw this up?

    We don’t say you accepted bribe but you will have to explain why you manipulate and twist facts and favour a foreign firm there by surrendering our interest.

    1) You said the deal is between Dubai government and Kerala government. Isn’t this a lie? Has Dubai government assured us 33300 jobs? Can you specify who signed the deal for Dubai government?
    2) You cite IT policy to cover up the land deal. How can you deal with DIC with IT policy? IS it an IT Firm?
    3) Of the 300 acres gifted, have you at least obtained in writing how much acres will be set-aside for IT? Then will you make that public?
    4) Have they informed you that they will be going for residential complex and amusement parks there? If so why do you cite IT job opportunities as a cover up?
    5) You say you won the deal even though AP, Karnataka and TN were after this. Do you know that they had an MoU signed with AP long back –in 2003? Have you enquired how many job opportunities that venture has generated?
    6) You mentioned a website in your press release-that of Dubai Internet city. Have you noticed that it says only 5,500 employees are working there. How then do you think they will bring 33300 jobs?
    7) How did you reach the number 33300? Isn’t it literally baseless?
    8) You say since the incentive for IT firms is given off to these real estate dealers, there is no incentive for IT firms operating there. How can a government say that? How can you take allowance for one and give that to another? Is this not corruption? Tomorrow you might say I have taken salary for chief secretary and paid to my maidservant. Does that mean no one, not even the chief secretary can complain?

    The above clearly shows that you’ve gone out of your way to provide DIC with benefits, which defies all logic. We know you are a veteran in these dealings. But please do spare us. We cannot stand a party to sell off our land. If this is for us, we don’t need this. We need more IT jobs but if you make IT also an industry, which consumes so much land, YOU ARE CONVERTING IT TOO AS ANOTHER INDUSTRY NOT SUITABLE FOR KERALA.

    Please do rethink. Find out some other ways of making money. Spare us

    Thanking You,
    Joseph C Mathew
    (Technopark –Kerala)

  • #364
    No Smart City, Parassinikadavi WaterPark is OK!
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    No Smart City, Parassinikadavi WaterPark is OK!
    What a double standard!

    On one side CPI (M) is opposing Smart City and barking baseless allegations of Corruption, Pollution, Environmental Problems, etc. On other side, they are supporting a WaterPark in Parassinikadavu, Kannur district, which is going to be a complete waste.

    One one side leftists are opposing Coco Cola plant in Plachimada, near Palakkad, alleging that the MNC is wasting drinking water of villages. Many labourers in the Coco Cola plant are on the verge of losing their job. On other side, same CPI (M) is building a WaterPark, there by wasting the drinking water of tens of thousands of poor peoples in Parassinikadavu and near by villages.

    I am requesting my fellow Malayalis to think about all these facts. Use your brain and identify who are the real corrupt. I am requesting all Malayalis to start a mass agitation against CPI (M) in Kannur and all over Kerala against this anti-People Water Park! We don't want one more Water Park in Kerala.

    If Communists will not stop the works in Parassinikadavu, we will force to dissolve poison (furadan) in the water, and there by sabotage this anti-People Water Park.

    If Coco Cola plant is misusing water in Plachimada, CPI (M) is doing the samething in Parassinikadavu.

    Dear Malayalis, this is the right time to isolate and defeat anti-People devils like CPI (M) and LDF.


    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #366
    Parassinikadavu water Park is the biggest Scam happened in kerala.

    I am demanding a CBI investigation on this.

    From where CPI (M) thugs got funds for constructing this Smuggling Den? Whether it is from China or North Korea?

    Whether Naxals and Maoists are doing their notorious anti-National activities in this Waterpark?


    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #376
    Riva "JI" -- hahahahhahahaahahhaahahahhahahhahahahahahhaha
    ahaahhahahaahhaahahahahahah

    What a joke

    U should consult a mental doctor or at least soniaji

  • #412
    This ArunRaj is an average Communist moron from kerala.

  • #474
    Dear Malayali Brothers & Sisters,

    Let us decide now. We will not reapeat our past mistake that we did in the Parliament Election in the forthcoming Assembly Election.

    Let us Defeat anti-Development CPI (M) and their goons. Let us Vote for UDF. Let us make Smart City areality.

    -- George Kutty, Elanthur, Pathanamthitta

  • #521
    Dear George Kutty,

    Thanks for your comments. Thank you for your support to 'Smart City'

    Those who are opposing Smart City - Communists, LDF, Trade Unions, Intelelctuals, Environmentalists, etc are not men of integrity. They were bribed by some vested interests who don't want any development to happen in Kerala. They have links with International Terrorists Outfits, Maoists, and Smugglers. V. S Achuthanandan is a Binami of Dawood Ibrahim. He wants to destroy Kerala. Beware of this menace.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #526
    This is a famous Spanish proverb in Cuba.

    "El hombre (cubano) que es comunista y honesto no puede ser inteligente; el que es inteligente y comunista, no puede ser honesto. Y el que es inteligente y honesto, nunca podrá ser comunista."

    The meaning is:

    "The man (Cuban) that is communist and honest cannot be intelligent; the one that is intelligent and communist, cannot be honest. And the one that is intelligent and honest, will never be able to be communist."

    Rgerads,

    Rivaji

  • #574
    Is there any valid reasons for CPI (M)'s opposition to Smart City?

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #594
    During 1980s CPi (M) and LDF together with BJP launched agitation against Computers, Computerization of Governemnt Offices and Railways, and also IT.

    Now these forces again joint ogether and start thei agitation against Smart City.

    Every right-thinking Malayalis should defeat this hidden agenda of CPI (M) - LDF - Naxal - BJP - KDP (Karunakaran Muralidharan Padmaja Party) grand alliance against Development and Congress.

    Congress and UDF is th eonly development -oriented party in Kerala. What all development Kerala achieved, it is because of erstwhile Royal families and subsequent Congress governments. Communists having nothing to do with Kerala's government.

    So defeat LDF in the enxt election.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #665
    The allegations of Corruption against Smart City is a farce.

    If there is any corruption, do the opponents have any proof? Will they submit evidences to Government or High Court / Supreme Court?

    Just bashing some utterences in media is not the right way.

    Scuttling the Smart City project just because some vested interests uettered some baseless allegations is not possible.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #691
    Smart City is beneficial for Kerala.

    All pro-development people smust support this project.

    The charges of Corruption are baseless.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #710
    DIC (Dubai Internet City) is not 100% UAE Government Department. it is a company sponsered by Dubai Emirate Government, UAE Government, and also many Private Investors. There is nothing wrong in a Private Compnay investing in Kerala. I am sure Smart City will be a great project.

    Private Sector proved that they are far better than Government Departments or Boards as far as Efficiency is concerned.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #726
    It is absurd that CPI (M) is promoting Parassinikadavu Water Park, which is a complete waste and provide jobs only for less than 100 CPI (M)/DYFI activsts. At the same time they are opposing Smart City, which provides 300,000 jobs directly and 700,000 jobs indirectly for common peoples in the year span of 10 years. After that it will create more and more jobs. We should supoport Smart City.

    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #916
    Why CPI (M) and DYFI not opposing Parassinikkadavu Water Park?

    This is the matter of drinking water of more than ten thousand peoples. Why should we waste drinking water for Parassinikadavu Water Park?

    Why you opposing Cococola Palnt in Palchimada, and at the same time took a diametrically opposite stand regarding Parassinikadavu Water Park? How Parassinikadavu Water Park will benefit poor?

    Why you opposing Smart City, without any valid reason? is it just because this project is initiated by UDF, Congress, and Oommen Chandy?

    Regrads,

    Rivaji

  • #1232
    Why CPI(M), DYFI and SFI not opposing Parassinikadavu Waterpark?

    Why they are only opposing Smart City, and Private Engineering, medical, and Management Colleges?

    Why these double standards?

    Why they are opposing all developments?


    Regards,

    Rivaji

  • #1257
    gr8 argument Riva...........................it does take a mature and responsible head 2 question the CPM policies......they r definitely an anti-development front...ADF for short!!

  • #1674
    Dear Rvaji,
    There is no conflict between the water park and the cococola company. In another words the C.P.M and the Congress is different sides of one coin. And there is no real "leftism" in Kerala. Who said you the C.P.M is against the cococola company in the plachimada!!
    We have no need to these types of political parties. Is anyone of these parties working for the oppressed, exploited people against the exploiting authority? Nothing!!!
    We have to start a mass agitation not against C.P.M but against all type of capitalistic exploitation which held in the name of globalization!
    Death to capitalism
    Death to globalization
    With revolutionary regards,
    Your brother,
    Thariq Ramadan


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