Trivandrum: Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of IT & ITeS Companies in Kerala, has urged the Government to consider routing the proposed Monorail in Thiruvananthapuram through Technopark with a station at the IT hub.
This would be crucial in solving the commuting problems facing IT professionals and also to ensuring financial viability of the project. The proposed alignment of Monorail passing by Kazhakkoottom and Sreekaryam does not touch the IT capital of the State.
In a release, Anoop P Ambika, Secretary, GTech said, “Monorail will revolutionise the way public transport works in the city and, Technopark and Technocity will be key to its operational success from the very beginning. Technopark, with about 45,000 personnel, has the largest concentration of work force in a single campus in the city. With the rapid expansion, this is expected to double in the coming years, coinciding with the commencement of Monorail operations. Monorail connectivity will not only benefit the existing companies but also help in attracting companies to set up operations in Technocity and Technopark.”
The phase I of Monorail is 22 km long, linking the proposed Technocity in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram in the north to Thampanoor in the city and the construction of this phase is expected to start by November this year.
Binu Jacob, Joint Secretary, GTech said, “Having a station inside or adjacent to the park would encourage professionals who come by private cars and bikes use Monorail. If ten percent of the existing work force decides to use monorail, we will have 4,500 users every day. Hence the suggestion to route the monorail lines through Technopark. Monorail would also be crucial to decongest the already crowded roads. If the 5,000 odd almost single driven cars daily flowing into Technopark is any indication, our roads will not be able to withstand the traffic, when some of the new facilities open for business in the near future ”.
IT professionals bring about 5,500 private cars and an equal number of two wheelers to Technopark every day. In addition, there are about 150 hired vehicles, buses, mini-vans and cabs, plying to ferry employees, apart from the KSRTC buses plying through the Technopark campus.
Kerala IT News
Image for representation purpose only