The construction of Smart City Kochi’s (SCK) first building is in progress and piling work is expected to be completed by the middle of February.
The contract for civil and structural work is likely to be awarded in a week’s time. The SCK authorities expect that the first IT building will be operational by this December.The environmental clearance for the 6.5-lakh sqft building named SCK01 was issued in August 2013 and the application for the entire project was filed in December.
“Of the total 560 piles, 126 piles have already been completed. At the present rate of 15 to 16 piles a day employing four hydraulic rigs and six DMC rigs, the piling will be completed in a month’s time,” SCK authorities said.
A box culvert of 30m across Edachira canal has been built to access the 131-acre land already notified as SEZ from Infopark Road.
“Once operational, SCK01 is going to be the first in a cluster of futuristic buildings planned to house the ICT, media, finance, research and innovation giants from across the world,” SCK authorities said in a press release. The company authorities said they were already in talks with a number of global majors for joint ventures while Dubai-based GEMS Education has already announced their first South Indian campus in SCK.
“SCK01 will be one of the largest LEED Platinum-rated IT buildings in the country. During piling, an intense replanting drive was undertaken and trees were replanted elsewhere, highlighting the green credentials of Smart City,” company authorities said.