THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Terming the success story of the Technopark as a great feat in the IT sector, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said that Kerala could make amends for the loss due to delay in embracing computerisation by effectively implementing the digital services. Launching the new logo and website of the Technopark as part of its silver jubilee celebration here, he said the greatest achievement in 25 years was the change in the mindset of the people towards development. He pointed out that the success of Technopark should be an eye opener.
“The youngsters in the state want change, not just in the IT sector. They have even started venturing into organic and high-tech farming. The change in approach and aspiration is ubiquitous,” he said.
He also pointed out that if Vizhinjam was in another state, the port project would have come up 25 years ago. He said his government’s priority was to develop infrastructure.
The efforts are on to extend the four-lane highway from Cherthala to Kazhakoottam and to develop the Kazhakoottam bypass. Light metro project is also awaiting final decision, he pointed out.
Speaking on the occasion, Industries and IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty claimed that Kerala was fast becoming a digital state and the Chief Minister would make an announcement in this regard during his Independence Day speech.
He said in 25 years, Technopark has scripted success by becoming the largest IT park in the country. He pointed out that when Inforpark, Kochi, was started in 2001, the site selected was a desolate place. But now it has developed immensely.
He pointed out that discussion with the Election Commission was on to prepare a proposal to include IT in the election process. M A Vahid MLA, Industry and IT secretary P H Kurien and Technopark CEO K G Gireeshbabu spoke.