Hopes on the horizon for Thiruvananthapuram's Technopark, thanks to 'Prathidhwani'

Prathidhwani, a socio-cultural organisation of Technopark employees, has come up with a slew of suggestions to improve their conditions.

Published: 04th May 2017 03:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2017 03:23 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: From security concerns to food outlets, employees of Technopark Phase-III face different problems. Prathidhwani, a socio-cultural organisation of Technopark employees, has come up with a slew of suggestions to improve the working conditions in Technopark Phase III.
“Facilities for employees in Technopark Phase III campus are comparatively less although more than five thousand employees are working here. One of our major demands is to open more food courts,” said Prathidhwani secretary Rajeev Krishnan.  

Ganga and Yamuna, the two buildings in Phase-III, house around 25 companies including IT majors Allianz, UST Global and QBurst. Only four food vendors are present in the phase-III to cater to over 5,000 employees. “More vendors means more choices and easy availability. Also, the current closing time of the outlets, which is, 7 pm, does not help those on night shift. At least one outlet should be asked to remain open till 10 pm,” Rajeev Krishnan said.     
In the main campus of Technopark, six to seven outlets operate in buildings like Bhavani, Tejaswini and Nila.

Employees also call for frequent inspections in the outlets as there are complaints about the quality of food being served.
For women employees, the lack of security personnel at the second entrance to the campus is a major cause for worry. The campus has two entrances - one from the bypass and other from Arasummoodu near Kulathoor. The latter entrance does not have a gate or security personnel which puts the employees safety at risk.

“Anyone can enter or leave through this way without being noticed by security personnel or surveillance cameras. There is a higher risk of criminals and anti-social elements exploiting this,” said a woman staff.          
Unscientific waste dumping is another issue raised by the employees. While the main campus which has a state-of-the-art facility for waste management, Phase-III does not have any mechanism in place. At present, food waste is being taken to a nearby pig farm while plastic and other wastes are dumped on vacant parts of the campus.


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