Finally, Cyberpark makes first step towards progress

After much delay, the construction of the Common Facility Centre (CFC) of Kozhikode Cyberpark project has been completed and will be inaugurated shortly.

Published: 23rd October 2013 10:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 10:14 AM   |  A+A-

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After much delay, the construction of the Common Facility Centre (CFC) of Kozhikode Cyberpark project has been completed and will be inaugurated shortly. A small step towards the mega Cyberpark project in Kozhikode, but, definitely, a giant leap as far as the authorities are concerned. For, they have been under harsh criticism from various quarters for the delay in executing the whole project. The `2.5-crore CFC, with an area of 11,000 square feet, will host the administrative office of Cyberpark in its first floor. The office space - 700, 1100 and 1100 square feet - at the ground floor has been leased out to three firms respectively. Besides, there is a conference hall, a miniconference hall, two guest rooms and a cafeteria. Built by Metecno, a Chennai-based firm using prefabricated construction technology, the walls of the building are made of puff panels and double glazing glass units to reduce heat. Though the construction began around two-and-ahalf- years ago, the work got delayed mainly due to the lack of a service road to the plot. Besides, the Cyberpark authorities also made certain modifications in the CFC project as well. According to officials, CFC also comes within the limits of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). "The office space has been leased out to three software exporting firms and they are waiting unit approval from the SEZ authorities. CFC will be officially inaugurated as soon as these companies receive the required consent,’’ an official said. Meanwhile, Kozhikode Cyberpark general manager P A Tomichan said the tendering process for the setting up of a gas-insulated sub-station, with a capacity of 20 MV for the project, is in the final stage. "Tractebel Engineering is the consultant of the work, for which we have finalised an empanel list comprising five contractors. The tenders will be placed soon for the `35-crore project. Once completed, the sub-station will also supply power to ULCCS Cyberpark as per an agreement with the government,’’ he said. A week ago, a meeting of the board of directors of Cyberpark decided to award the construction work of the first phase of the building of the project to Cherian Varkey Construction Company Private Limited, a Kochibased firm. As per the agreement, the construction of the `44.19- crore seven-storeyed building, with an area of 2.85 lakh square kilometre, will be finished within one-and-a-half years.

 

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