Trivandrum: Technopark authorities today strongly refuted the allegations of ‘non-cooperation’ in building infrastructure for Infosys in Technocity, the Phase IV expansion of Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, stating that the IT Park had provided all facilities required to start construction in the acquired land.
This response from Technopark comes in the wake of a letter from Infosys last week informing their decision to withdraw from the Technocity project citing lack of infrastructure and non-cooperation from Technopark. Infosys had planned to build their second campus in Kerala at Technocity, on the outskirts of the capital city.
In a press note, P H Kurian, Principal Secretary – IT, GoK said, “On the request of Infosys, Technopark had handed over the 49.84 acres of land, notified as Special Economic Zone (SEZ), on March 27, 2013 for its new campus in Technocity”.
Quoting the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Technopark and Infosys in April 2012, he said Infosys should have started the construction within a year from the date of lease deed (in this case at least from the date of handing over the possession along with notified SEZ status).
“Even when Technopark has provided all basic infrastructure facilities required for construction, we haven’t received from Infosys the building plans or any explanation on this delay so far. This is a clear violation of the terms and conditions mentioned in the MoU,” said K G Girish Babu, CEO, Technopark.
The CEO also mentioned that Infosys had not replied to a reminder letter sent six months ago by Technopark. Infosys had informally indicated its reluctance to set up a new campus within Technocity, but was only keen on expanding its Phase-II campus, which is under construction near Technopark.
“They promised to create as much employment opportunities in Phase-II expansion as offered in the proposed Technocity campus, but never mentioned any dissatisfaction about the infrastructure provided by us”, he added.
Dismissing Infosys’s allegations that the allotted land comprises a temple that would hinder its construction, Girish made it clear that the temple was never under the possession of Technopark and was not included in the tract given to the software company.
“There is nothing to prevent Infosys from starting the construction work as 11 kV power supply required for the project office is already available at the site. Having spent Rs 47.54 crores for the land, does anybody think Infosys would have kept quite if lack of infrastructure was holding their construction plan? ” asked Girish.
Meanwhile in Bangalore, Ramadas Kamath, Executive VP, Infosys who heads Infrastructure, Facilities & Administration, has agreed that Infosys is abandoning the project due to lack of infrastructure. He also confirmed that a letter from the company had been sent to the Technopark authorities conveying their decision.
“Technopark authorities have failed to even provide basic facilities like road, power and water, and instead are asking us to submit the bidding plan with no guarantee that they will ensure those. All his (Technopark CEO’s) statements are baseless. They are hushing up their mistakes. We are going to raise this issue with the Chief Minister,” added Kamath.
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Photograph shows 4-lane road in front of the land allotted to Infosys in Technocity