Kochi: Amid the raging controversy over the proposed Smart City project
in Kochi, the State Government has sought a written commitment from the Dubai
Internet City (DIC) regarding the number of jobs that will be generated by
the project. (See: Kerala
signs MoU with Dubai Internet City for $400-million IT park)
DIC authorities have claimed to create 33,000 job opportunities once the Smart
City becomes operational," said chief secretary Babu Jacob who is head
of the high-level committee, coordinating the project with. "In return,
we have offered them 400 acres of land in Kochi. This includes 100 acres of
land free of cost, 200 acres on cost-recovery basis and another 100 acres
including Infopark in Kochi,'''' he added
to sources, the DIC authorities have a misconception regarding the incentives
to be made available by the government. ''''They were under the impression that
the government will hand over 1,000 acres of land to them free of cost. However,
the government had made its stand clear and they understood the ground realities,''''
also said, ''''Even though they agreed to give compensation to the government
in case they failed to create the promised number of jobs, we are asking them
for a written agreement to that effect.'''' However, the details about the mode
and volume of compensation were yet to be worked out, he said.
to him, the DIC authorities will offer a revised proposal by
February 20. He said that the government would have no control over the DIC
in the operation of the proposed Smart City.