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Memorandum Sumbitted To BJP PM Candidate Mr.Narendra Modi. [Dated:06/02/2014]

TDF met BJP Trivandrum district president Adv. S. Suresh, briefed and handed over Memorandum with emphasis on infrastructure, to be submitted to BJP PM candidate Mr. Narendra Modi. Mr. Suresh said that the same will be discussed with Mr. O. Rajagopal and subsequently handed over to Mr. Modi.

An effort to meet Mr. Modi during his current visit may not materialize due to his tight schedule. But TDF has been assured priority for an appointment during his next visit.

Chandru Rajan, Sreeram and Abhishek attend the meeting.

Please click here for more details

TDF writes to Chairman MoEF on Vizhinjam Project EIA Clearance. [Dated:28/10/2013]

Since the last EIA-C meeting, TDF has bee in touch with other like-minded organizations including Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce (TCC), Confederation of Tourism Industry in Kerala(CTIK), Janapaksham and V-Mac on our course of action to counter the false propoganda against the project by a section of people and also to support VISL and GOK in their activities.
It was felt that, apart from submitting individual representations, it would be better if someone on behalf of these organizations could travel to Delhi and do the necessary follow-ups.
Ram Kumar from TDF, Elias John from V-MAC will be in Delhi from 27th to 29th to co-ordinate these activities. We have worked on a few more items which could hopefully be presented.
It is really heartening to see the support from all these organizations at this most crucial time.
Please click here for more details

Symposium on Vizhinjam Project Master Plan - The Past, Present & Future organized by TDF. [Dated:25/06/2013]

Trivandrum Development Front (TDF) has pleasure in inviting you all to a symposium, under the "Intelligent Trivandrum" initiative, on Vizhinjam Project Master Plan - The Past, Present & Future. @ Trivandrum Press Club, on Wednesday June 26 2013 @ 11 AM

Please click here for more details

TDF inducted into Technical Committee formed by TRIDA for East Fort area development. [Dated:28/05/2013]

Please click here to view the invitation and report submitted by TDF on how to model the East Fort area for the benefit of both pedestrians and motorist.

Trivandrum City Connect Foundation (TCCF) Launched. [Dated:21/02/2013]

Trivandrum Development Front (TDF), who is part of this initiative hope that a great platform like TCCF would help to develop Trivandrum as one of the best cities in India.
On behalf of TDF, Jaleel Malik, Sujith Cherian & Myself attended the meeting.

Please click here. to view the rebuttal on complaint submitted by TDF to the IFC Ombudsman.

TDF Meets IFC Ombudsman, Mr Scott T Adams. [Dated:30/10/2012]

TDF met IFC Ombudsman Mr. Scott Adams and discussed about the real intentions of those behind the compliants. A copy of the rebuttal, already send to Mr Scott was handed over to him during the meeting.

On behalf of TDF RamKumar, Sreeram, Chandru, Robin, Shafi and Rajesh SM attended the meeting.

Please click here. to view the rebuttal on complaint submitted by TDF to the IFC Ombudsman.

Vizhinjam EIA Social Impact, Public Hearing. [Dated:25/09/2012]

The second round of public hearing (on social impact) associated with Vizhinjam Project EIA study was held at Govt Guest House. Almost all the organizations including Janapaksham, Trivandrum Development Front (TDF), Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trivandrum Management Association, Confederation of Tourism Industry Kerala, Resort owners, environment activists, vizhinjam parish, people from the local community and media attended the hearing.

The committee was represented by VISL, L&T, Asian Consulting and IFC.

Among those attended, apart from the resort owners and a few media persons all supported project. The local communities only demand was to ensure proper rehabilitation of those who are evicted from the project site.

Every representative was asked to put suggestions and this is what we have demanded....

1. The resort owner’s claim of complete destruction of kovalam and vizhinjam area and its adverse effect on the fishermen community should be analysed against the sad state of basic infrastructure like road, water and power and how things would change and benefit the local community when a project of this size gets implemented. This should include those steps initiated by GOK to share the water and power supply between the port and those residing in the area

2.On the number of resorts affected and loss of jobs, things should be evaluated against the records available (on number of rooms, land area) with the Panchayat/Corporation before initiating any further discussion so as to avoid time delay and to find a permanent solution.

3.Commissioning of Vizhinjam fishing harbour and its impact on the socio-economic state

Each attendee’s suggestions were recorded and video graphed. Apart from this we have decided to group similar organizations and submit a joint memorandum.

As it stands today, this exercise will continue till December and the public hearing by the State Env dept will happen only in January. In the meantime VISL will prepare the Detailed Project Report which needs to be submitted with the MoEF while seeking EIA clearance.

As far as we understand the interaction betwen the resort owners and IFC representatives is yet to take place. The representatives, upon request from the ombudsman will meet the resort owners and clarify things in two weeks time.

Pics From The Meeting

Representatives of VISL, L&T and Asian Consulting Engineers

Representatives of IFC

TDF Meets Minister Shri Shivakumar and Chief Secretary Shri Jayakumar. [Dated:06/08/2012]

TDF met Minister Mr.Shivakumar to discuss about the important projects which are pending in Trivandrum and new projects to be taken up immediately by GOK. The main area of focus was infrastructure including initiating TCRIPs next phase, developing ring roads, akkulam convention centre and the current state of Monorail project. The issues related to forming a single SPV for monorail implementation was also discussed for which he replied cabinet has not taken a decision on it and in all probability it will be separate SPV’s for Trivandrum and Calicut.

Minister informed a separate committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary and secretaries from other departments as its members to monitor and execute projects for the capital city and the first meeting will be held today. The committee has asked the secretaries to propose projects from transportation, tourism, infrastructure and other areas. Minister took the initiative to fix an appointment with Mr.Jayakumar Chief Secretary who is heading this committee.

The meeting with Mr.Jayakumar ended on a high note on which he expressed his willingness to discuss and take suggestions from us on the capital city development project proposal.

on behalf of TDF Ramkumar, Chandru, Dr.Manoj and Vivek attended the meeting.

TDF Meets MLA Shri Wahid. [Dated:08/07/2012]

TDF met MLA Shri Wahid and discussed about the exclusion of important infrastructure projects and the current developments in the IT sector from the website and brochure launched for the emerging kerala 2012. The current deadlock related to monorail project was also taken up with him.

Shri Wahid ensured us he will take up the issue with the authorized authorities.

Pleae click here to view the  memorandum

on behalf of TDF Ramkumar, Chandru, Dr.Manoj and Vivek attended the meeting.

Vizhinjam Project Current Status. [Dated:30/05/2012]

Please click here to view the current  status.

Kariyavattom Cricket Stadium, RTI Details. [Dated:15/04/2012]

The unduly delay on part of GOK to start work on the Kariyavattom Cricket Stadium and other sporting infrastructure associated with the 35th National Games, forced TDF to file an RTI to get information, so that we can take up the issues, if any, with the concerned authorities.

The information gives great relief to those sports lovers in Kerala, especially those in Trivandrum, since our dream of having a fully dedicated cricket stadium is to be realized soon.

All the mandatory clearance for the Kariyavattom Cricket stadium (the environment clearance obtained on April 2012, RTI is dated 23/3/2012.) and the entire land required for the project is acquired. If completed, in time this stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of 35th National Games.

Pleae click here to view the  RTI Details

Trivandrum should be grateful to Shri M.Vijayakumar, former sports minister of Kerala, for his commendable and dedicated effort in proposing such a project, allocating Rs 150 crores and getting it to the construction phase.

TDF acknowledges the effort by the Shri Ganesh Kumar, Sports Minister and Chief Minister Shri OOmmen Chandy for sorting out the issues related to land transfer, which delayed the commencement of the construction. The issues are sorted out and the work is expected to commence on 23/04/2012.

TDF take this opportunity to thank Shri Ganesh Kumar, Shri OOmmen Chandy and especially Shri M.Vijayakumar for their efforts.

GOK To Handover 50 acres land to Infosys in Technocity, Trivandrum.

Infosys will be allotted 50 acres of land in Technocity, Trivandrum. A MOU on handing over of land will be signed between Infosys and Technopark today in the presence of Infosys co-chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan.

This is in addition to the 50 acres land already allotted to Infosys near to Technopark which takes the total land area to 100 acres. The confidence shown by Infosys to expand their operations in Trivandrum is a clear indication of confidence among the IT giants to invest in Trivandrum.

SEZ clearance for 130 acres in Technocity. [Dated:30/03/2012]

130 acres in Tehnocity has given SEZ approval. This is in addition to the 50 acres which is already SEZ notified. Infosys second campus will be coming up in the SEZ notified area. It is learnt that Infosys in planning to invest around Rs 2000 crores for their new campus in Trivandrum.

Technocity which is envisaged as a Knowledge city will be hosting Indias largest training center by TCS is 86 acres of land, Asian School of Business, IITM-K center and another IT giant the details of which is yet to be disclosed.

Infosys To Set Up Second Campus In Technocity Trivandrum. [Dated:28/02/2012]

Infosys has shown interest to set up their second campus in Trivandrum. The second campus will be coming up in 50 acres of land allotted in Technocity. Infosys is constructing 1.5 Mn sq.ft of space in 50 acres already allotted to them near to Technopark of which .5 mn is already operational employing about 5000 software professionals.

The decision by Infosys will help Trivandrum in marketing itself as a premium IT destination in India. Trivandrum already hosts Oracle, Cap Gemini, TCS, HCL,Tata Elxi, Allianz Cornhill, Ernst & Young, Mckinsey & Co,Nest Technologies, UST Global and so on.

TDF Participates in Vizhinjam Port EC Public Hearing. [Dated:21/02/2012]

TDF participated in the EC public meeting organized by VISL. VISL organized the meeting successfully and was attended by representative from Royal Haskoning, L&T Ramboll, Asian Consulting Engineering Pvt Ltd, INCOIS and other agencies. The meeting was a pre-run to the Environment Public Hearing scheduled in Aug 2012. VISL has been proactive in this case and decided to collect as many data on socio-economic area while preparing the ESIA study. The meeting was a pre-run to the Environment Public Hearing scheduled in Aug 2012. VISL has been proactive in this case and decided to collect as many data on socio-economic area while preparing the ESIA study.

Robin, Sreeram, Shelly, Vijay Venugopal and S.Venugopal attended the meeting on behalf of TDF.

Welspun Infra Emerges As The Lone Successful Bidder For Vizhinjam Project. [Dated:04/01/2012]

Home ministry has denied security clearance for Mundra Port and SEZ and gave green signal to Welspun, thus welspun emerged as the lone successfull bidder for the vizhinjam port project. VISL, who is the nodal agency for executing the project will now open the financial bid and if found feasible will awarded the contract.

TDF Wishes Everyone A Happy & Prosperous New Year. [Dated:31/12/2011]

TDF wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2012

Kerala State Adminstrative Tribunal Starts Functioning. [Dated:22/12/2011]

Kerala State Adminstrative Tribunal(KAT) started functioning from Trivandrum. The Kerala high court has moved 1000 cases to KAT as a first step and starting today all the new cases related to service will be filed from here. The subsequent days will see more cases being shifted to Trivandrum.

TDF take this oppurtunity to thank former law minister Shri M.Vijayakumar for his untiring efforts in setting up the administrative tribunal in Trivandrum as headquarters.

TDF Meets NATPAC Officials. [Dated:20/12/2011]

TDF had few round of discussions with NATPAC officials on some of the concerns and as usual providing suggestions on the proposed monorail project in Trivandrum. NATPAC asked TDF to submit our findings officially, so that they can take up the items during their internal review meetings as well as with the meetings involving GOK. A note was prepared and submitted to NATPAC.

Take this opportunity to thank Ajith Vijayan and Vinod Raj for taking the lead and contributing a lot to prepare the note. The meetings with the NATPAC officials were attended by Ajith Vijayan, Ram Kumar, Robin, Shelly, Sreeram and Chandru Rajan.

Defence Ministry Clearance for Vizhinjam Project. [Dated:14/11/2011]

The Defence Ministry has given security clearance for two companies that had bid for developing the Vizhinjam International Deep sea Container Terminal.

Now, the two companies needs to be cleared by External Affairs as well as the Home ministry.

TCS Commence Construction of SDC In Trivandrum. [Dated:31/10/2011]

IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has commenced the construction of its first development centre on the Technopark campus.

The development centre spans one million sq. ft. and is being constructed on 26 acres of SEZ land in the first phase. Technopark authorities have already given the nod for the company's uniquely-designed signature building. The new building has been planned to aesthetically merge with the environment and will have all inbuilt mechanisms to conserve and protect the environment.

CAPGemini Coming To Trivandrum. [Dated:22/10/2011]

Following the close heels of ORACLE, CAPGEMINI the biggest IT compnay in Europe is coming to Technopark, ofcourse in Trivandrum.

CapGemini has started recruitment process for their new center in Trivandrum.

NASSCOM Executive Council @ Trivandrum. [Dated:29/09/2011]

The NASSCOM executive council meeting was held @ Trivandrum attended by who is who in Indian IT Industry.

TDF had the opportunity to deliver a presentation on "Quality of Life in Trivandrum"(as a part of on-going promotional activities under the �Intelligent Trivandrum� initiative) to the NASSCOM Executive Council. The members were provided an insight into the various aspects contributing to the high quality of life in Trivandrum.

On behalf of TDF Ram Kumar, Sreeram, Robin, Shelly and Chandru attended the event.

Take this opportunity to thank members Anoop, Vinod Raj, Prasanth David, Rajath Mohan and Vinod TNT for their valuable contributions. We would also like to thank all those who were instrumental in providing us this opportunity.

NASSCOM opens Office @ Technopark, Trivandrum. [Dated:29/09/2011]

NASSCOM opened its office in Trivandrum @ Park Centre, Technopark. Som Mittal of NASSCOM and Mervin Alexander of Technopark signed the agreement.

This is the first NASSCOM office outside Metros. This is a clear indication of Trivandrum leading the Tier II IT destinations in the country.

NASSCOM agreement signing

VISL received 2 bids for developing the Vizhinjam port project. [Dated:16/08/2011]

Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL), a special purpose vehicle promoting an eponymous project near here, has received two bids for selection of the port operator. A consortium of Welspun Infratech, Welspun Corp and Leighton Welspun Contractors and the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zones are the two successful bidders, according to the Kerala Minister for Ports, Mr K. Babu.

The technical bids would be scrutinised within the next 10 days for responsiveness and compliance with the qualifications sought. On completion of the technical evaluation, the VISL would proceed to open the financial bids.

TDF meets Chief Minister Shri Oomen Chandy and Submits 5 Year Development Plan For Trivandrum.[Dated:29/08/2011]

TDF met Chief Minister Mr. Oomen Chandy and submitted a 5 year development Plan for Trivandrum. As usual CM was very receptive and assured us that he would take forward the proposal and initiate a discussion by including IT Minister, PWD Minister and others who needs to be included and consulted.

TDF was represented by Ramkumar, Sreeram, Robin, Rajesh S.K , Biju V John and Chandru Rajan.

Pleae click here to view the  5 year development plan.

Oracle to start Software Development Centre in Trivandrum. [Dated:04/18/2011]

Oracle, the world�s leading business software and hardware systems company, today became the First Blue Chip IT MNC to enter the State of Kerala.

The lease agreement to this effect was signed today between R Jayaraman, VP (Real Estate & Facilities), Oracle India and Venu Krishnan, Deputy MD, Leela Group in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan

Interacting with the media, Jayaraman said that they found TRIVANDRUM suitable and hoped to start the operations at the earliest. Giving details, Venu said the lease agreement for the 36,000 sq.ft. (One floor) space at the Leela building, Technopark, Trivandrum has been signed for a period of nine years. The agreement also features an option for Oracle to opt for two more additional floors within a year. The facility would be ready in about 3 - 4 months. While Oracle is planning to start with about 100 resources, the said space can seat about 350 - 400 people.

TDF presents "TRITCO concept" in CII meet. [Dated:03/03/2011]

CII, as part of CII-Trivandrum annual day conducted daylong seminar on Trivandrum Urban Infrastructure (TUNIFRA) at Taj Vivanta, Trivandrum. TDF was one among the select organizations invited to participate and give a presentation on the subject. TDF attended and gave a presentation titled "Developing - Trivandrum IT, Trade & Tourism Corridor".

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TDF meets Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh. [Dated:11/02/2011]

Delighted to let you know that "TDF" was represented in the meeting with the honourable Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.
TDF took initiative and was also instrumental in bringing together organizations like TCCI, TATF, TMA and GTECH unanimously for this meeting.
A memorandum titled "Trivandrum Region Development Proposals" was submitted to PM on behalf of the delegation. In brief the memorandum covered the following:

1. Development of Highway (NH 47) from Kazhakkoottam to TN Border
2. Extension of STPI Tax Benefits
3. Development of Vizhinjam International Transhipment Container Terminal
4. Development of Kochuveli Railway Terminal
5. High Court Bench
6. User Fee at International Terminal in Trivandrum

Click to view the memorandum   Page 1    Page 2    Page 3    Page 4   Page 5

TOR fixed for environmental impact study of Vizhinjam port. [Dated:20/01/2011]

Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd(VISL); the nodal agency received in principal approval from the MoEF to go ahead with the port construction. The ministry fixed the TOR for the environmental impact study. The TOR asks the VISL to include the following in the impact study

1. Waste management
2. Marine pollution
3. Presence of heavy metals
4. Impact of construction activities on the immediate environs of the port
5. Storage of petroleum products and associated risks
6. Ambient air quality
7. Sedimentation of silt caused by the breakwater

The environmental impact assessment will be conducted over two seasons - the southwest monsoon months and the months that follow it.

IL&FS emerges lowest bidder for stadium in Trivandrum. [Dated:20/01/2011]

IL&FS to build the Rs 161 crores international multipurpose stadium at Kariyavattom, Trivandrum. The project is on annuity basis with a concession period of 15 years including a construction period of 24 months.

The stadium will come up in a 37-acre plot at the Kariyavattom campus of the Kerala University. The main stadium in Kariyavattom will be used for hosting international cricket matches once the Games are over. Besides playing facilities, the stadium will have facilities to run a full-fledged academy and an exhibition-cum-convention centre. The stadium will have parking facility for over 3000 cars.

14 firms submits RFQ documents for Vizhinjam port project. [Dated:10/01/2011]

VISL received 14 bids from international and national giants in the form of consortiums and as individual entities. The list of companies include Reliance, GMR, GVK, Gammon Infrastructure Projects, Mundra Port, Essar, Global Yatirim Holding and STFA consortium (Turkey); Jaiprakash Associates; Patel Engineering and Limak (UK) Consortium, Sterlite Industries, Consortium of SCI, SKIL, HCCL, Consortium of Welspun Infratech and Leighton Contractors; Nagarjuna Construction Company and Condor Brookfield Consortium.

The evaluation will be completed in a weeks time and the qualifying companies will be announced by January 19th.

Meanwhile, the VISL board of directors approved the funding plan proposed by the banking consortiums led by State Bank of Travancore and decided to pay KSEB Rs 45 Crores to bring in the power supply to the port site.

Air India Express to shift engineering base to Trivandrum. [Dated:30/12/2010]

The AIE board of directors approved the proposal to set up the engineering base of AIE at Trivandrum. Air India is setting up a hanger unit at an estimated cost of Rs 72 crores in Trivandrum. The hanger unit is expected to become operational in 6 months. The hanger unit will employ about 200 in the immediate future. the hangar in the State capital would carry out up to the highest 'C'- and 'D'-level checks of narrow-bodied aircraft and would have a state-of-the-art painting booth.

RTI filed by TDF reveals that the work is in the final stage and AAI has to complete the taxi way connection to commission the Air India hanger.

Pleae click here to view  
RTI Questions      Response Page I      Response Page II

TCS signs final lease agreement with Technopark for Technocity Campus. [Dated:23/12/2010]

TCS signed the final lease agreement with Technopark for Technocity Campus to set up the Rs 1500 crores "Global Learning & Development Center". The lease deed was signed between CEO Mr. Mervin Alexander and Mr. S. Mahalingam, Director & CFO of TCS. The lease deed is for 82 acres of land for 90 years.TCS will be setting up their Global Learning Centre which will train and accommodate 15,000 employees at any point of time which will be an Iconic and landmark campus in India.

HCL Infosystems signs lease agreement with Technopark to set up their research centre. [Dated:07/12/2010]

HCL Infosystems today signed the lease agreement for 2 acres of land in Technopark Phase III for setting up their R&D centre. GOK has allotted 2 acres of land to HCL in June 2010 during the launch of Technocity.

On behalf of HCL Infosystems, V.K. Bahl, corporate general manager signed the agreement.

HCL Infosystems signs lease agreement with Technopark to set up their research centre. [Dated:07/12/2010]

HCL Infosystems today signed the lease agreement for 2 acres of land in Technopark Phase III for setting up their R&D centre. GOK has allotted 2 acres of land to HCL in June 2010 during the launch of Technocity.

On behalf of HCL Infosystems, V.K. Bahl, corporate general manager signed the agreement.

Kerala cabinet gave approval to form a consortium of banks to raise Rs 2500 Crores for the Vizhinjam port project. [Dated:16/11/2010]

The cabinet on Tuesday gave approval to form a consortium of nationalised banks and financial institutions to raise Rs 2500 Crores for the Vizhinjam port project.

State Bank of Travancore (SBT) will be the lead consortium partner. It is decided that Rs 2500 Crores will be given as debt and hence the consortium will have no stake in the project. The entire 120 hectares to be acquired for the project will be declared as SEZ and the request for notification will be send to the Central gok for approval.

Earlier cabinet meetings has decided to build the project on a "Land Lord Model" and the loan will be repaid by including Rs 250 crores in the budget over a period of 10 years.

Rs 80 Crore National Centre For Molecular Materials to be set up in Trivandrum. [Dated:03/11/2010]

The central government approved the establishment of a National Centre for Molecular Materials (NCMM) at Trivandrum, as an autonomous institute of the Government of India under the Department of Science & Technology, at a total cost of Rs.76.7 crore.

The GOK has given 40 acres of land free of cost @ Vitura. The new campus will share its borders with IISER in 400 acres and IIST in 100 acres.

The centre will be the first of its kind in the country and will pursue high-end science and develop technology in niche areas like sensors for biomedical devices, materials for solar energy harvesting and space electronics.

TCS signs agreement with GOK to develop Rs 2000 Crore Development and Training Centre in Technocity, Trivandrum.[Dated:14/10/2010]

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest IT company signed the agreement to set up Rs 2,000-crore Development and Training Centre in Techocity, Trivandrum

Chief Minster V.S.Achuthanandan handed over the land allottment letter to CEO of TCS, Mr Mr N. Chandrasekaran @ function held in Mascot Hotel in Trivandrum.

The press release statement says "The 10,000-seat campus will set the global benchmark for corporate learning institutions in terms of the physical infrastructure available as well as the holistic professional and personal development programs that will be available," said N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD, Tata Consultancy Services. "We are delighted to expand our presence significantly in this city, where current primary training center has been located since 1997."

The Campus infrastructure will include classrooms, auditoriums, computer laboratories, a library, cafeterias, accommodation facilities as well as recreational and shopping areas. Construction will commence in 2011-12 and is expected to be completed 36 months from the date of commencement.

This new campus will be learning hub of the organization and will be connected with all other satellite training facilities across the globe.

TCS to develop Rs 2000 Crore training facility in Techocity, Trivandrum. [Dated:14/10/2010]

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will set up a Rs 2,000-crore training centre in the upcoming Technocity project

The training centre will come up in 82 acres of land. The facility is planned to accomodate 15,000 professionals at one time.

The CEO of TCS, Mr Mr N. Chandrasekaran, is scheduled to visit Trivandrum on Tuesday and sign an agreement with the Technopark CEO, Mr Mervin Alexander.

August 16th 2010 : A Day To Remember. [Dated:16/08/2010]

August 16th of every year, the day India awakes after celebrating its independence, will be remembered for yet another historic moment, it is on August 16th 2010, GOK commenced the work on setting up the basic infrastructure facilities for developing India's sole deepwater container transshipment terminal, the Vizhinjam International Container Transshipment Terminal (VICTT).

Even though we have to travel a lot to attain our main goal of a fully fledged port, the recent developments and commitment shown by GOK and the VISL authorities has given us hope that it will be realized in the near future. The basic infrastructure development which involves development of road, rail, water and power supply has helped the project to ditch its 'Paper Project' image. Moreover with GOKs commitment to fund the first phase which involves Rs 2000 Crore we can hope that the project will be taken to its final destination.

When every media has reported about the components of the first phase development and related activities, they have paid less attention to the most important factor, the land acquisition for setting up these facilities. It is to be remembered that Vizhinjam land acquisition has set a benchmark, for the whole of India, on how land acquisitons should be carried out for projects which involves eviction of people. The GOKs and VISL authorities commitment to provide good compensation package and the important factor re-locating them to a nearby place and the timely distribution of the compensation has been the sole reason why they could acquire the land easily and complete the process much early than they expected. Not many years have passed, since the previous land acquisition has run into agitations, to the extent of losing the project forever.

Like India's freedom struggle, the demand to develop Vizhinjam Port too has been driven by people's movement, the important role being played by Janapaksham. TDF is associated with Janapaksham since the first general convention held at Govt Barton Hill School on October 2nd 2004. All these years lot of effort has gone in to make people, politicians and media aware about "God's Gift to God's Own Country".

1. Bike rally announcing "Vizhinjam Is Our Birth Right", started at Kowdiar and ended at Vizhinjam. Schools, colleges, NGO's participated
2. 10 day "India Max" campaign covering whole of Trivandrum Costal Area: a container carrier modeled as the largest which can be easily called in Vizhinjam
3. Peoples Convention at Vizhinjam.
4. The Great Boat Chain: longest continuous chain of boats starting from Poovar and ending at Anchuthengu. Aimed at getting into the Guinness book of records there by taking Vizhinjam and its importance across India and World.
5. The banner rally demanding expedition in the Vizhinjam port project.
6. Candle lighting circling the entire secretariat building.
7. Campaign against media houses and companies trying to torpedo the project.
8. 10 day long vehicle campaigning against the unwillingness on behalf of the government to give its due importance, and many other events with the latest being
9. The effort that has gone into arranging meetings between the government officials and the evictees in reaching a consensus as far as compensation is concerned.

We can believe that the efforts put in by organizations, including TDF, is definitely paying off and today, even though we are witnessing the tip of the iceberg, it is definitely a glimmer of hope, since after many years real actions are happening on the ground.

On behalf of TDF, I take this opportunity to congratulate each and everyone in Janapaksham, TDF and other NGOs who stood for this common cause and special note of appreciation for GOK, VISL authorities, revenue department officials, M.L.A George Mercier for all their efforts to make this a reality.

All said, still we have long way to go, but, consistent effort from organizations like Janapaksham, TDF and other likeminded NGOs will definitely help to realize this long cherished dream and it is our responsibility to work towards that goal, because, "Vizhinjam Port Is Our Birth Right".

TDF wishes everyone a Happy Independence Day. [Dated:15/08/2010]

"Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?"
Mahatma Gandhi

International financial business house to fund Rs 2500 Crores for Vizhinjam Port Project. [Dated:11/08/2010]

It is almost confirmed that a financial power house has come forward to fund the first phase involving RS 2500 Crore. This is going to benefit GOK since they can start the construction of the port and supporting infrastructure and then find a port operator.

Recent Developments

1. EOI deadline ends on 12th Aug 2010. As of now good response to EOI. The Netherlands govt officials had held 2-3 rounds of talks with the VISL authorities.
2. Will explore the MOU route if any Govt agencies like port of Amsterdam respond to EOI. GOK won't take any chance of going in for an MoU with any private companies.
3. If the MOU fails GOK will go in for a RFQ immediately.
4. The companies participating in the RFQ will be sent for security clearance.
5. Only those companies which qualify the security clearance will be allowed to participate in the RFP.
6. Even though funding will be available; GOK has got reservations about going in for an EPC since any construction work in the sea can be started only after 1 year seasonal environment impact study and hence took the RFP route. They are hopeful they could find a competent operator because of the financial commitment of GOK.
7. The environment and social impact study on land reclamation and break water construction to begin by mid August.
8. The inauguration of the road connectivity, rail connectivity and water supply on August 16th.
9. The environmental impacts of the above components are in the finishing stages.
10. Railway has agreed to take up the entire cost for the new railway lane.

TDF to participate in NRI Conclave titled "Cities of Tomorrow" @ Mascot Hotel on July 29th and 30th 2010. [Dated:29/07/2010]

TDF will be representing Trivandrum, its advantages and the investment opportunities it offers at the NRI Conclave titled "Cities of Tomorrow" to be held at Mascot hotel on 29th & 3oth July 2010.

The presentation will be of one hour duration. We have structured it as follows

1. Brief introduction about Trivandrum Development Front (TDF)
2. "Intelligent Trivandrum" : CD presentation prepared by TDF in association with Technopark
3. The main presentation about Trivandrum, its advantages and the investment opportunities
4. Interactive session [Q&A Discussion]

Click here to view the brochure.

Technopark Celebrates Its 20th Birthday.[Dated:28/07/2010]

Technopark, the first and single-largest information technology (IT) park in India, is preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation.

With a built-up area of 4.5-million sq.ft, the campus today houses 180 IT and IT-enabled-services companies employing 28,000 professionals.

Over the last two decades, many major IT/ITES companies such as Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have set up shop in Technopark and expanded their businesses. Infosys has set up its own campus on 50 acres (1 acre = 0.4 hectare) of land and currently employs 3,000 professionals in Trivandrum.

TCS has acquired another 26 acres of land for a software development centre and The park houses the fast-growing Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kerala, the Asian School of Business and the finishing schools Afras Academy for Business Communications and Faith Infotech. As part of its expansion, Technopark has acquired 92 acres of land for its third phase of expansion and 450 acres of land for setting up an integrated township in the fourth phase, Technocity.is operating its global learning centre, one of the biggest in Asia, from Technopark.

The National Games Secratariate (NGS) approves the concept design of the new multi purpose stadium in Trivandrum. [Dated:27/07/2010]

The National Games Secretariat (NGS) has approved the concept designs of all the four new greenfield stadium projects, to be established in the State in connection with the 35th National Games.

In the State capital, the NGS would be constructing a main stadium in a 37-acre plot at the Kariyavattom campus of the Kerala University, a new multi-level indoor stadium at the campus of the Central Polytechnic, Vattiyoorkavu, besides complete refurbishing of the Central stadium, which presently houses the headquarters of the Kerala State Sports Council.

The concept designs, he said, has already been tendered among the eight builders, who were shortlisted after a due selection process earlier. The last date set for the submission of bids has been set for August 13. The evaluation of the bids would be taken up thereafter and the entire process will be completed by August 20.

The main stadium in Kariyavattom will be used for hosting international cricket matches once the Games are over. Besides playing facilities, the stadium will have facilities to run a full-fledged academy and an exhibition-cum-convention centre. The stadium will have parking facility for over 3000 cars.

Overwhelming response to Vizhinjam port EOI. [Dated:19/07/2010]

If sources are to be believed the EOI floated by VISL for the Vizhinjam multi-purpose port including Transshipment, Cruise terminal and bulk cargo is receiving overwhelming response.

It is learned that 3 countries including Spain, South Korean and Netherlands and 22 firms have already submitted the EOI. The number should likely to reach 50 when the deadline falls on 12/08/2010.

Bollard Pulling Test Centre to be inaugurated in August 2010. [16/07/2010]

Vizhinjam bollard test unit to measure pull of a ship is nearing completion. Expected to be completed this month end and to inaugurate on the first week of August. CSL to conduct first test for a Norwegian ship which is under construction. This is the first bollard testing unit in India which is located outside any ship building unit. It is believed that this unit is a part of the proposed ship building unit which is to be build at Poovar.

VISL calls EOI for Vizhinjam Port Project. [Dated:05/07/2010]

Click here to view the EOI details.

TDF's open letter to media (Technocity & HCL land allotment news coverage). [Dated:04/06/2010]

TDF forwarded its open letter to the various regional print and visual media houses on the failure on their part to give due importance and coverage to the Technocity inauguration and land allotment to HCL Infosystems.

Click here to view the open letter.

Land allotted to HCL Infosystems to set up R&D center in Technopark, Trivandrum. [Dated:04/06/2010]

The Chief Minister had handed over a consent letter to HCL Infosystems general manager Udayakumar for setting up a campus of HCL in the Technopark phase-III.

India's 4th largest IT Company, the Rs 12,000 Crore HCL Technologies is the most significant entry of a company into Kerala since the arrival of Infosys, TCS and Wipro.

HCL Infosystems to set up R&D center in Technopark, Trivandrum. [Dated:29/05/2010]

HCL Infosystems will set up its R &p; D unit at the Technopark campus in Trivandrum on a two acre plot allotted to them in Technopark Phase III.

HCL Infosystems Ltd is a subsidiary of HCL and is a listed company. It is present in 170 locations and has about 300 service centres through India.

HCL Infosystems entry reinforces the fact that Trivandrum is the only IT hub in Kerala. Technopark, Trivandrum already hosts Infosys, TCS, Tata Elxi, Allianz Cornhill, Ernst & Young, Allianz Cornhill, Mckinsey & Co,Nest Technologies, UST Global and so on. In total Technopark hosts 200 companies and employees 30,000 +.

GOK to kick start basic infrastructure development in Techocity. [Dated:29/05/2010]

GOK on June 4th 2010 will kick start the development of basic infrastructure in Technocity. Technocity, Technocity, Kerala's biggest IT project, Proposed as an integrated township, Technocity will come up on 451 acre along the NH 47 to Kollam at Pallippuram, 5 kms north of the Technopark campus here. The focus areas at Technocity would be biotechnology, nanotechnology, high-end manufacturing and R & D. The project would provide one lakh IT/ ITES jobs directly.

Bollard Pull Testing Facility at Vizhinjam. [Dated:03/05/2010]

Foundation stone laid by Minister of Ports M.Vijayakumar for the Rs 200 crore Bollard Pull Testing Facility at Vizhinjam. The new unit will be the first in the country to test vessels upto a maximum safe working load of 500 tonnes. The first series of vessels that will be subjected to the bollard pull test are anchor handling tug supply vessels constructed by the Cochin Shipyard for a client based in Norway.

Bollard pull trials are conducted for determining the maximum load that a ship can pull. The ship is tied to a fixed bollard on the shore. The pull of the vessel under maximum operating condition is measured by means of a load cell. All newly constructed tugs and special offshore vessels are required to clear the test in the presence of ship owners and classification agencies before delivery.

CSL new unit likely at Vizhinjam. [Dated:03/05/2010]

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has submitted the expression of interest to the State government to establish a new unit for ship building and ship repairing at Vizhinjam. The 20 m depth available close to the shore and the proximity to the international shipping route favored Vizhinjam as the most suitable location. The CSL has expressed its willingness to invest Rs 200 Crore for setting up the new project.

TDF salutes the great leader!!! [Dated:26/04/2010]

The death of our beloved former MP Mr.Varkala Radhakrishnan, a great parliamentarian and a human being, is a great loss to the people of Trivandrum. He always lead from the front and took up the issues like high court bench, Vizhinjam project, IIT for Trivandrum with the concerned authorities many a times.

It is hard to forgot the one army protest he carried out in front of the parliament when the security clearance was rejected for Vizhinjam port by the central govt and public outburst against Sebastian Paul's decision not to support the LDF motion calling for an high court bench in Trivandrum.

TDF had the privilege to work with him.

TDF, on behalf of the people of Trivandrum express our deepest condolences over the death of this great leader.

Salutes the great leader!!!!!

TDF and People of Trivandrum Supports Dr.Shashi Taroor. [Dated:19/04/2010]

Irrespective of the current situation TDF along with people of Trivandrum convey our wholehearted support. We are sure that your continuing efforts will bring prosperity to Trivandrum.

TDF thanks Dr.Shashi Taroor for his efforts in bringing the Barcelona Delegation. [Dated:17/04/2010]

TDF appreciates Dr. Shashi Taroor's efforts in appointing a commission for setting up the High Court Bench in Trivandrum. Also glad to see your initiatives in drawing the Barcelona delegation towards the Vizhinjam Port project.

Vizhinjam project: MoU with Barcelona port likely. [Dated:17/04/2010]

The Government of Kerala on Friday signalled its willingness to tie up with the provincial government of Catalonia in Spain for the development of an international deepwater container transhipment terminal and port at Vizhinjam near here.
Minister for Ports M. Vijayakumar, who held discussions with Jesus del Rio Mateu, Director General, International Trade, Port of Barcelona Authority here on Friday, said the State government was open to the idea of entering into a tie-up for the development of the port. "We have agreed in principle that a Government-to-Government MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) would be the best option for the project."
Mr. Vijayakumar said he would follow up today's discussions with a meeting to be held in New Delhi with the Spanish Ambassador to India. "Barcelona is one of the leading ports in the world today with considerable experience in handling cargo and other facilities. They have expressed willingness to cooperate with us in infrastructure development and operations.
"The nature of the tie-up will have to be worked out after detailed discussions."

Meeting with Barcelona Delegate. [Dated:16/04/2010]

Mr.Jesus Del Rio, Director International trade relations is here in Trivandrum to discuss about the Vizhinjam port project. He came to Trivandrum following the meeting between Dr.Shashi Taroor and Mr. Jordi Valls Riera, President Port of Barcelona Authority. Janapaksham was an invitee in the meeting attended by the VISL authorities and Mr Del Rio. Representing Jananpaksham Dr Manoj, Mr.Dominic and Mr Sreeram Iyer, who is also involved with TDF attended the meeting. The meeting was followed by visit to the vizhinjam port site. He advised the VISL authorities to take up the first phase which includes setting up the basic infrastructure facilities like road, rail, water supply, electric supply, land reclamation and construction of break water and then scout for an port operator. He warned VISL authorities to scout for port operators who can contribute to the hinterland activities as well as transshipment activities. He is of the opinion that all port operators may not be interested in hinterland activities which will in turn reduce the scope of Vizhinjam project due to other factors linked to the logistics industry. He will meet Mr.M.Vijayakumar today. Mr.Sreeram informed that Mr Del Rio, said the closeness to the international shipping route is the biggest advantage and when Vizhinjam port is ready and if good rail and road connectivity can be can be provided he is afraid whether any ship will be called in the Mumbai Port.
VISL has approached the centre for Viability Gap Funding. This time VISL should succeed since it is decided in principle to develop the first phase which involves Rs 1500 crore, by GOK itself. VGP will be around Rs 240 Crore (20% of the total project cost). Rs 1.8 Crore fee paid to the southern railway along with the proposal. Now the submitted rail alignments will be evaluated by the railways. Only after the approval by the railway VISL can initiate the land acquisition proceedings.

Environment Ministry gives nod for phase III work at Technopark [Dated:13/04/2010]

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has issued environmental clearance for the phase-III expansion project of Technopark here.
The expert appraisal committee of the MoEF at its 86th meeting held at Van Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, recommended granting of environmental clearance to this prestigious project, a spokesman for Technopark said here.

TDF members meets VISL CEO Mr.Sanjay Kaushik [Dated:19/03/2010]

1. The market study report by m/s Drewry Consultants was tabled before the GOK.
2. Report is favorable and seeks for a multi purpose port.
3. M/s Drewry has expressed their concern over the time line about inviting the bid (GOK wants the bid to be called by July-August) . They feel that still the recession has its impact on the shipping industry and it would be better if the date is further pushed to the end of the year.
4. There is an option to go for an EPC (Engineering Procurment Construction) bid. First, the bid will be called for setting up the basic infrastructure like road, breakwater, land reclamation and other supporting infrastructure and then to find an operator.
5. The market study was conducted after getting the feedback from world's leading 5 port operators.
6. They have rated the closeness to the international shipping route as the biggest advantage.
7. The operators are reluctant to come forward for a green field project, which involves a huge investment. If GOK can provide the basic infrastructure then it is easy to find the port operators.
8. The cost to set up this will be around Rs 1600-1800 crores. Already Rs 450 Cr has been allotted and Mr.Thomas Isaac might release another Rs 125-200 Cr. Trying hard to get the balance investment from financial institutions.
9. The investors meet will be conducted during end of May.
10. The LA notification and survey to acquire land has started.

TDF submits detail proposal to GOK on improving the JNNURM buses and forming a Trivandrum Transit Authority. [Dated:14/03/2010]

TDF had submitted a list of suggestions to improve the financial and operational performance of the services to all the concerned authorities on January 18th, 2010. In continuation of that, in this detailed proposal we have mentioned a number of suggestions to improve the JNNURM services as well as the overall public transport service in Trivandrum. We have segregated the suggestions into those for the immediate term (Annexure I), medium term (Annexure II) and long term (Annexure III).

Click here to view the memorandum.

India's hottest IT destinations : Trivandrum ranked @ No 4. [Dated:05/03/2010]

Pleas visit for more details..

State Budget 2010-2011. [Dated:05/03/2010]

1. Rs 125 crore has been set apart for Vizhinjam Port Project.
2. Capital City development Programme has been provided with an outlay of Rs 10.5 crore.
3. Rs 5 crore set apart for renovation of Tagore Theatre.
4. Rs 1.5 crore provided for International Centre for Free Software.
5. Rs 70 crore set apart for the development of IT parks at Trivandrum and Kochi.
6. Rs 1.5 crore earmarked for the Laurie Baker International School.
7. Fund for Life Science Park at Kazhakkoottam.

Pleas visit for
more details..

Union Budget 2010-2011. [Dated:26/02/2010]

Disappointing budget for Trivandrum.

1. VSSC 583 Crores.
2. IIST 140 Crores

Railway Budget 2010-2011. [Dated:24/02/2010]

1. Bottling plant to be set up in Trivandrum to supply fresh drinking water.
2. Survey for new Trivandrum-Punaloor and Trivandrum-Chenganoor railway line.
3. New Janashatabdi Express between Trivandrum-Kozhikode.
4. New train in Bhopal-Madurai-Trivandrum-Kochi route.
5. New train from Mangalore to Kochuveli
6. Rs 92 lakhs for 2nd Kochuveli Coach Terminal

In simple words.....Nothing to cheer about. None of the demands were considered or met. A disappointing budget for Trivandrum.

Poovar shipyard to find place in union buget 2010-2011. [Dated:17/02/2010]

If sources are to be believed Poovar Shipyard will find place in the Union budget 2010-11. Union Minister of State External Affairs Mr.Shashi Taroor in his discussion with Shipping Ministry and concerned authorities have pressed for its inclusion. The previous union government has decided to build an International size shipyard for the West Coast of India. GOK has submitted a proposal proposing Poovar in Trivandrum District on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border as the possible location for setting up of international size shipyard on the West Coast of India.

The upcoming Vizhinjam International Container transshipment project within 10 KM from the proposed site and the easy accessibility to the National Highway and Railway line will enhance the scope of setting up s shipyard in Poovar.

If everything goes well as planned then we will have an International port and a shipyard in four years time which will definitely change the development topography of Trivandrum.

TDF Submits memorandum on railway budget and union buget 2010-2011.
[Dated:12/02/2010]

TDF has sumitted a memorandum to the Union Minister of State Mr.Shashi Taroor on projects which needs consideration in the railway as well as union budget 2010-11.

Railway Budget Proposal 2010-11.

Union Budget Proposal 2010-11.

Land acquisition completed for Technocity project. [Dated:10/02/2010]

The Department of IT has completed the formalities pertaining to acquisition of land admeasuring to 245.89 acres for the development of the Technocity project. The Technocity project is planned to be a complete IT city spread across 451 acres, which includes not just space for IT/ITeS firms but also residential, commercial, hospitality, medical and educational facilities. The project is planned as a self-dependent satellite city that would not strain the resources and infrastructure of the Trivandrum city.

Land acquisition completed for Technocity project. [Dated:10/02/2010]

The Department of IT has completed the formalities pertaining to acquisition of land admeasuring to 245.89 acres for the development of the Technocity project. The Technocity project is planned to be a complete IT city spread across 451 acres, which includes not just space for IT/ITeS firms but also residential, commercial, hospitality, medical and educational facilities. The project is planned as a self-dependent satellite city that would not strain the resources and infrastructure of the Trivandrum city.

The State Government has already sanctioned the widening of the road and strengthening of the approach road to Technocity. The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has issued required licence for power connectivity. The project report has been submitted for raising loan and it is hoped that the same would be processed at the earliest. With its phase I full, Technopark is currently developing its Phase III campus in 90 acres with both SEZ and non-SEZ space. It is putting up a building with a built-up space of about one million square feet at a cost of about Rs 230 crore. The contract has been awarded to Larsen & Toubro for completion in about 20 months. The building will be ready for occupation by mid 2011. Technopark has started with the process of allotment of land in Phase III for IT/ITeS companies and IT infrastructure developers.

The team comprises the well-known architect who had designed the Olympic city in Barcelona, Joe Antonio Acedillo. The team will meet Corporation Mayor C. Jayan Babu in the morning and have discussions with the experts of the Indian Institute of Architects in the evening. They will also be meet TRIDA officials.

Barcelona team arrives for second round of talks on City-Twinning.[Dated:10/02/2010]

As part of executing the twin-city program between Barcelona and Trivandrum Corporation, a high-level delegation from the Spanish city led by Josep Roca, Director, Barcelona City Council International Relations, will camp in the city for two days during which its members will have discussions with the Corporation authorities and visit the major centers of attraction in the city.

The team comprises the well-known architect who had designed the Olympic city in Barcelona, Joe Antonio Acedillo. The team will meet Corporation Mayor C. Jayan Babu in the morning and have discussions with the experts of the Indian Institute of Architects in the evening. They will also be meet TRIDA officials.

Foundation Stone Laid for Rs 55 Crore central bus terminal. [Dated:09/02/2010]

Honorable Cheif Minister Mr. V.S.Achuthanandhan laid the foundation stone for the construction of Rs 55 Crore central bus terminal. The central bus station will be constructed by M/S Harrison Malaylam Engieers on international standards.

Perspective of Trivandrum central bus terminal.

GOK for SPV to run the Low-Floor buses procured under JNNURM.[Dated:27/01/2010]

GOK will form an SPV to run the low-floor buses procured under the JNNURM project. All the buses will be transfered to the new compan0y. 51% of share will be held by GOK and balance 49% by K.S.R.T.C. GOK has proposed that they are ready to give 1% to the LSG and civic bodies.

TDF submits proposal to GOK to improve JNNURM Volvo bus services.
[Dated:22/01/2010]

TDF has submitted a proposal to all the concerned authorities in GOK to improve the Volvo bus services in Trivandrum. The authorities have assured that the GOK is scheduled to call a meeting next week or early next month to discuss the new routes and various options to improve the bus services and also informed TDF, that GOK has initiated steps to form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to run the JNNURM buses, a wise decision, better late than never.

Click here to view the proposal.

Vizhinjam Port : Land acquisition process officially launched. [Dated:20/01/2010]

The land acquisition process for the Vizhnjam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) was officially launched on Tuesday. The Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL) has submitted the first official application for requisition of land for the port project to Revenue authorities.

Next week, VISL hopes to submit the application for acquiring 40 more hectares for setting up a truck terminal and warehousing facilities. The remaining 35 hectares - the State Government had announced acquisition of 120 hectares - for rail connectivity will be taken only after the Union Rail Ministry approves the alignment submitted by the State Government.

Trivandrum to host Maritime States Development Council meet. [Dated:20/01/2010]

Trivandrum will host Kerala's first Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) meet in the last week of February. The council handles a host of issues at its meetings including national maritime security, port development prospects and related issues.

There, in fact, will be a special conclave on the multi-crore, flagship Vizhinjam ICTT project at this edition of the meeting, officials said.

Children's Science Congress inaugurated. [Dated:04/01/2010]

Former President of India Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has said that students should try to get inspiration from the life and works of grate scientists . He was inaugurating the children's science congress organised as part of 97th Inidan Science Congress in Trivandrum today. Each students should ask the question what I will be remembered for. The answer to this question can be found by studying the works and the life of great scientists.

97th Indian Science Congress begins on upbeat note. [Dated:03/01/2010]

The 97th edition of the premier Indian Science Congress (ISC 2010) began in Trivandrum on Sunday on an upbeat note with chief guest Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being accorded a traditional welcome with musical tones and invocational songs.

About 6,000 delegates, seated in the huge makeshift tented hall (pandal), gave a standing ovation to the prime minister and other VIPs amid claps and cheers. Nair, a former member of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) delivered the welcome address after invocation and lighting of the lamp. Prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the congress and address eminent scientists, Nobel laureates, policy makers and students on the technology challenges and the direction in which the country should move to find innovative solutions to achieve equitable growth and development.

Technocity gets Cabinet nod. [Dated:02/01/2010]

Technocity, the fourth phase of the Technopark, has got the approval from the State Government. It is planned as an integrated township that will create 50,000 direct employment opportunities and 2,00,000 indirect employment opportunities.

The Technocity project gained momentum after the Cabinet meeting on December 29 approved the price for the 245.89 acres of land from Pallipuram, Melthonnakkal, Andoorkonam and Veiloor villages, which comprise the proposed project area. The recommendations were given by the State-Level Empowered Committee (SLEC), headed by Chief Secretary Neela Gangadharan.

AI to build cargo hub in Trivandrum. [Dated:01/01/2010]

Air India (AI) will build a cargo hub in Trivandrum, Kerala as part of increasing its freight movements from the country. said K.M. Unni, Air India (AI) Board member and head of the airline's engineering department.

Mr. Unni said the cargo hub would go a long way in enhancing the carrier's freight movement from the State.

TDF, wishes you all and your family a Happy and Prosperous 2010. [Dated:01/01/2010]

TDF, wishes you all and your family a Happy and Prosperous 2010.

The 120-hectares of land will house basic infrastructure for the seaport such as road and rail connectivity and water and power supply.

Vizhinjam Port: Rehabilitation package gets acceptance. [Dated:30/12/2009]

The Kerala state Cabinet gave its approval on Tuesday for the rehabilitation package for evictees related to the construction of Vizhinjam International Container Transshipment Terminal.

The rehabilitation package prepared by the Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd has four major components:

  • The land take-over will be a negotiated purchase
  • The affected families, as far as possible, will be rehabilitated nearby.
  • The package also provides a component for rebuilding structures that existed on the acquired land.
  • The rehabilitation package also has a component for rebuilding establishments of livelihood on the new land.

The 120-hectares of land will house basic infrastructure for the seaport such as road and rail connectivity and water and power supply.

Trivandrum gets world's first training centre for MRCP. [Dated:26/12/2009]

The Kerala state capital is becoming the first centre outside of the UK where training will be provided for the prestigious Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK (MRCP).

Worldwide, there are different centers where doctors can appear for MRCP examinations, but Trivandrum is becoming the first place outside UK where aspirants can not only write part 1 and 2 of the examinations and do the practicals, but also get trained for the examination.

Wishing you all and your family a Merry Christmas. [Dated:25/12/2009]

TDF, wishes everyone and their family a Merry Christmas.

TDF participated in India IT Summit 2009 organized by CII[Dated:12/12/2009]

TDF paticipated in the recently concluded India IT Summit 2009 held at Leela Kempenski, Trivandrum. TDF understood that an opportunity to showcase Trivandrum as an emerging IT/ITES hub to such an eminent audience in Trivandrum was a very rare opportunity and decided to make the best use of it. Working within a tight schedule, a brochure and video presentation; themed "Intelligent Trivandrum" was produced and distributed during the event.

Click here for more details on
"Intelligent Trivandrum".

Vizhinjam Project Site to be Inaugurated Today .[Dated:09/12/2009]

The project office for the Vizhinjam port project, anchored by Vizhinjam International Sea Port Ltd (VISL) will be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, Law and Ports Minister M. Vijayakumar will preside over the function slated for 5 p.m. Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor and Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy will be chief guests on the occasion.

The project office is coming up near the Vizhinjam Port IB.

The project site office will act as the nodal centre for carrying out the development of basic infrastructure like road, rail connectivity, water and power supply. The GOK has sanctioned Rs 450 Crores for setting up these facilities including the cost for the land acquisition. The proposal for rehabilitation package has been submitted by VISL for GOK's approval. Full time officials will be appointed at this centre to address concerns of the local people.

Meanwhile, survey work for acquiring 120 hectares of land for the project is nearing completion. The formal notification on land acquisition is expected in January.

TDF, on behalf of the people of Trivandrum and Kerala, thank the Chief Minister V.S Achuthanandan, Ports Minister M. Vijayakumar, Port Secretary Sanjay Kaushik and all other officials involved in this well-thought out initiative and hopes that the Government will continue on this time-bound way of working to ensure that the dream of people across Kerala to have India's deepest and most important port at Vizhinjam is realized at the earliest.

A new portal for Vizhinjam port project.[Dated:08/12/2009]

TDF has been requesting VISL to set up a professional website for Vizhinjam Seaport Project. It seems that VISL has realized the importance and the new website (beta version) have been uploaded.

Pleas visit VISL website.

The website will be launched officially during the inauguration of VISL Port Site office at Vizhinjam on December 9th.

Please forward your suggestions to
contact@tribiz.in so that we can take it forward with VISL.

Trivandrum To Host India IT Summit organized by CII .[Dated:05/12/2009]

Trivandrum will host the India IT Summit 2009, themed 'Changing Role of India in Global IT Business', organized by CII from Dec 10th to 11th. The event will be held at Leela Kempenski, Trivandrum

The summit will be inaugurated by the State Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan.

Leading industry experts such as Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies Ltd, Mr Vic Bhagat, CIO, GE Corporate, Mr Jeby Cherian, Director, Strategy, IBM India, Mr Paul Coby, CIO, British Airways, UK, Mr Masaki Kariya, SVP, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Dr Anil Menon, President - Globalization and Smart Connected Communities, Cisco Systems, have confirmed their presence.

The other dignitaries from the Government who will grace the occasion are Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Shashi Tharoor, the State Finance Minister, Dr Thomas Isaac, Ms Neela Gangadharan, Chief Secretary, Ms Aruna Sundararajan, CEO, CSC Programme, IL&FS Ltd., Mr N Krishnan, Director General, STPI and Dr Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretary - IT, Kerala Government.

Please visit India IT Summit for more details.

IFFK to be held in Trivandrum from Dec 11-18 2009.[Dated:02/12/2009]

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy's 14th Trivandrum International Film Festival (IFFK 2009) will be held from Dec.11 - 18. The main attraction of the week-long festival will be the competition category of Asian, African and Latin American films. Two hundred films from 60 countries will be screened in the categories of World Cinema, Retrospectives of Mrinal Sen, Homages, Films about Che Guevara, Indian Cinema Today and New Malayalam Cinema.

The films are to be screened in eight theatres. The inaugural function and closing ceremony will take place at Kanakakunnu Nishagandhi Auditorium.

The awards include The Golden Crow Pheasant Award (Suvarna Chakoram) and a cash prize of Rs. 1,000,000 to the best feature film to be shared equally by the director and the producer, The Silver Crow Pheasant Award (Rajata Chakoram) and a cash prize of Rs. 300,000 to the best director, Best Debut Film Award (Rajata Chakoram) and a cash prize of Rs. 200,000 to the best debut director, Audience Prize (Rajata Chakoram) and a cash prize of Rs. 100,000 to the director of the most popular film voted by the festival delegates, FIPRESCI Award for the best film chosen by the F�ration Internationale de la Presse Cin�tographique, FIPRESCI Award for the best Malayalam cinema, Netpac Award to the best film in the competition section from Asia and Netpac Award for the best Malayalam film.

Times Group Presents:Strategies To Beat Slowdown In Tourism.[28/10/2009]

GOI to upgrade Trivandrum Mental Health Centre as Centre of Excellence.[Dated:27/10/2009]

GOI to upgrade Trivandrum Mental Health as Centre of Excellence. A sum of Rs.30 crore will be sanctioned to the institute to upgrade facilities. GOI has sanctioned the first instalment of Rs 5.38 crores.

The Department of Psychiatry at Trivandrum Medical College, had actually emerged second in the all-India rating to be the best choice for the CoE status.

TDF congragulates Dr Shashi Taroor for all his effort in getting the due recognition for Trivandrum Mental Health Centre.

International Finance Corporation (IFC) to be appointed as consultant for VICTT.[Dated:15/10/2009]

The State Government has zeroed in on the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group firm, to replace IL&FS as the consultant for the multi-crore Vizhinjam International Container Transshipment Terminal project.

The government has okayed IFC and a formal agreement is expected to be inked soon, sources said.

IFC, based in Washington, has a presence across the globe. Its 182 member countries collectively decide policy and investment possibilities. It has an office in New Delhi, and is empanelled with the Ministry of Finance, sources in the Ports Department said.

Kerala State Cabinet Approves Phase I of Vizhinjam port project costing Rs 450 Crores.[Dated:14/10/2009]

GOK has given cabinet approval for developing the basic infrastructure including road and rail connectivity for vizhinjam port project. The development planned as part of phase I will cost Rs 450 Crores. VISL will execute the infrastructure development.The entire process is expected to be completed in 12-18 months. The GOK parallely will initiate the steps to find out a partner for constructing the port facilities. GOK will approach the NHAI and central railway ministry for developing the national high way and rail connectivity. The NHAI has agreed to take up the 3 Km connectivity project.

Meanwhile, the interest shown by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in the Vizhijam project has evoked a great interest among the officials as well as the general public. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regulates and licenses port and marine services and facilities. It also manages vessel traffic in the Singapore port while ensuring safety and security. The officials from MPA held discussions with VISL officials and GOK.

CII-Southern Region Skill Conference 2009 on 24 October 2009 in Hotel Taj Residency, Trivandrum.[Dated:07/10/2009]

Confederation of Indian Industry - SR is organizing the Skill Conference 2009, focusing on the theme -"Harnessing Skills : Driving the Economy" on 24 October 2009 in Hotel Taj Residency, Trivandrum.

Through this conference, CII hope to

  • Engage the stakeholders in dialogues of retrospection
  • Create a strategic planning process for investment in knowledge & skills development, training & development modules
  • Share experiences in skill building; discuss critical elements in vocational education & development
  • Explore emerging trades for employability both in the national & International market
  • Explore opportunities in Skill education, its relationship with the academic studies
  • Showcase few of the successful examples of Public-Private-Participation


Key speakers invited includes Mr V S Achutanandan, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs , Govt of India, Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr Jayati Ghosh, Member-National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, Mr Elamaram Kareem, Minister for Industries, Government of Kerala

Kovalam Literary Fest Begins[Dated:07/10/2009]

A galaxy of scholars and writers will talk on subjects ranging from Indian photography to film biographies at the second Kovalam Literary Festival beginning here on October 7.

Noted litterateur Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day event at the Taj Kovalam on Wednesday evening.

The second edition of the literary fest is jointly organised by the Kerala Tourism, DC Books and the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. Frankfurter Buchmesse; German Book Office, New Delhi; Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Literature Across Frontiers and Penguin are among the co-sponsors.

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Barcelona Meets Trivandrum [Dated:02/10/2009]

The Barcelona team arrived at Trivandrum for preliminary talks on a twin city tie-up with the State capital. The two member Barcelona team is represented by Mr.Josep Roca, Director of International Relations, Barcelona, and Gerardo Fueyo- Bros, councilor, Spanish embassy in India.

TDF has been closely working with Union Minister of External Affairs, State Dr.Shashi Taroor and his team towards the Twinning of cities project.

Representing TDF Mr.Ram Kumar (President), Mr.Sreeram Iyer (Secretary), Mr.Ajay Prasad (BD), Mr.Chandra Kishore (F & O) met the Barcelona team. TDF made an elaborate presentation on Trivandrum, accompanying for Technopark visit, attending the meeting with the Mayor of Trivandrum Mr.Jayan Babu @ Mascot Hotel and participating in the meeting hosted by Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce @ Taj Residency.

The close door meeting conducted in a professional manner by Trivandrum Corporation ended on a high note.

In the meeting key areas for cooperation were identified

  • Culture & Heritage
  • City Development Plan
  • Infrastructure
  • Knowledge Parks & centers
  • Urban Planning & Development
  • Sports infrastructure and management
  • Tourism /Medical Tourism

A high delegation team from Barcelona is expected to arrive in Trivandrum soon.

CII-organising FinExe 2009 @ Hotel Berggruen Keys, Trivandrum[Dated:30/09/2009]

Confederation of Indian Industry - Southern Region has launched FinExe 2009 An MSME Finance Excellence Initiative with an objective to provide value added service to MSMEs on finance related topics.
The purpose of the initiative is to enable and promote an exchange of information and address issues of financing MSMEs among banking and finance professionals and institutions and to further improve the development and growth of the sector.
The objective is

  • to showcase current approaches and strategies on the various issues that confront MSME financing
  • to deepen the knowledge and understanding of organization's financial management
  • to enhance the participants' capabilities in providing better consultancy and mentoring services on above
  • aspects

Confederation of Indian Industry, Kerala is organising FinExe at 1030 Hrs to 1300 Hrs on 1st October 2009 at Hotel Keys, Trivandrum.

CII organizing Conference on IT in Kerala - Challenges & Opportunities @ Taj Residency[Dated:10/09/2009]

CII is organizing a Conference on IT in Kerala - Challenges and Opportunities. It will be in the form of a keynote panel discussion that will be held at 1000 hrs on 10th September 2009 at Hotel Taj Residency, Trivandrum. The theme for discussion will be "IT in Kerala - "Challenges and Opportunities".
The keynote speakers at this session include Ms Neela Gangadharan IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Dr Ajaykumar IAS, Secretary - Information Technology, Government of Kerala, Mr S D Shibulal, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys Technologies Limited, Mr G Vijayaraghavan, President, Venture Management Associates. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mr V K Mathews, Convenor- IT Panel, CII Kerala & Chairman and CEO, IBS Software Services.

Trivandrum to host Invest Kerala Meet from August 28-29 2009 @ Taj Residency.[Dated:27/08/2009]

Fifteen projects in Kerala worth about Rs.100 crore across sectors including tourism, education and services would be showcased before investors from India and abroad at a two-day meet that begins here Friday.
The event, Invest Kerala Meet 2009, is being organised by NRI Welfare Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that works on issues related to non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Addressing reporters here Thursday, Sakkir Hussain of the foundation said that close to 100 investors, mostly from various Middle-East countries, will participate at the meet.
?An expert committee screened the viability of close to 100 project proposals and 15 were cleared. Promoters of the cleared projects are looking for partners who will invest on a 50:50 basis. The two-day meet will also discuss issues facing investors in the state,? said Hussain.
The projects cleared include a resort on the outskirts of the capital and an international school.
Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem and Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy will also interact with the investors.

Inauguration of Indian Institute od Space Science and Technology (IIST) by Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh.[Dated:25/08/2009]]

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will open the new campus of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology at Valiamala, Trivandrum. The Prime Minister will not be present for the inauguration, but will unveil a plaque remotely from Delhi

The campus will have laboratories, classrooms and residential facilities. An observatory for the Institute at Ponmudi is also getting ready for the inauguration.

Wishing you all a happy independence day.[Dated:15/08/2009]

TDF Salutes Mother India.....

Barcelona and Trivandrum to be the twin cities.[Dated:28/07/2009]

Barcelona and Trivandrum to be twin cities according to Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor. The twinning between the cities will be on cultural and development spheres.

Dr. Tharoor said that Barcelona, a city of 5 million people, is a major cultural centre in Spain. It also had development experiences that could be modelled in Trivandrum to solve some of its key problems such as drinking water supply (Aguas de Barcelona is the largest water company in Spain).

The Barcelona Mayor would be sending a delegation each from his cultural council and international relations council to Kerala to interact with the Trivandrum Corporation authorities to examine in which all ways the two cities could cooperate. There was also a proposal to organise a ?Barcelona Week? in Trivandrum.

Rs 100 Crore research park to come up at College of Engineering Trivandrum.[Dated:28/07/2009]

An engineering, science and technology research park will be set up at the College of Engineering Trivandrum., which is celeberating its 70th year founding anniversary this year. The Rs.100 Crore park named Trivandrum Engineering Science And Technology (TREST) research park will be modelled on the proposed research park at the IIT Chennai and at Technopark, Trivandrum.

Union Budget for 2009-10 Trivandrum to get Rs 1100.00 Crores.[Dated:29/06/2009]

The Union Budget for 2009-10 has allocated around Rs 1100.00 Crores for various projects in Trivandrum. Rs 650 Crores allotted to VSSC, Rs 175 Crores to Indian Institute of Science & Technology, Rs 250 Crores to 5 IISERs including Trivandrum, Rs 1400 Crores to upgrade 10 Medical Colleges including Trivandrum to AIIMS standards.

Indian Airlines starts operation base @ Trivandrum International Airport (TIA) .[Dated:29/06/2009]

Aircrafts will be stationed and serviced here. The base will have a staff strength of 14.

Vizhinjam project bid expired: Lanco.[Dated:28/06/2009]

Hyderabad-based Lanco Infratech Limited said on Saturday that it had withdrawn from its offer to execute Vizhinjam International Transhipment Container Terminal Project as the validity of its proposal had expired.

In a press release issued here, the company said that as per the Request for Proposals (RFP), the validity of the bid was for eight months from the bid date. The bidder was not obligated to extend the bid validity beyond that period. However, Lanco had extended the bid twice by almost six months.

?Subsequently, the protracted litigations and an atmosphere vitiated by baseless speculationshave altered our due diligence perspectives on the project.
Following this, in spite of our investing tremendous time and resources over two years on the project, Lanco has informed the Government of Kerala that since the validity of the proposal in response to the RFP expired on April 30, 2009, its offer stands revoked.?

Lanco consortium backs out of Vizhinjam port project.[Dated:24/06/2009]

The deepwater container transhipment project proposed to be set up at Vizhinjam, near here, has fallen under the shadow of uncertainty.

The consortium led by Hyderabad-based Lanco Kondapalli Power Limited on Wednesday wrote to the State government saying that it was revoking its offer of taking up the Rs.5,300-crore project.

Lanco cited uncertainty over when it could start work on the project as the reason for backing out.

Zoom out of the race from Vizhinjam port project bid.[Dated:18/06/2009]

The Tender Evaluation Committee set up by the State Government has rejected the technical bid submitted by Zoom Developers for development of the proposed International Container Transhipment Terminal.

It is learnt that the IL&FS has recommended to give 60 points based on the evaluation. Based on this report the latest technical evaluation conducted by the committee headed by the Chief Secretary, the Zoom consortium could score only 61 points while a minimum of 70 points were required to qualify for the second stage of the tender process.

This vindicates TDF stand on M/S Zoom Developers technical experience and intention in executing the Vizhinjam port project.
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Trivandrum business Community felicitate Dr.Shashi Taroor Union Minister for External Affairs, State. [Dated:14/06/2009]

Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce (TCC) organized a felicitation to Dr. Shashi Tharoor- Union Minister for External Affairs, State on 14th June Sunday at 7 pm at Muthoot Plaza. The eminent personalities from the trade/ tourism and business communities were participated in the function.

Trivandrum Development Front (TDF) was one among the many organizations honored to felicitate Dr. Sashi Tharoor. The members from Trivandrum Management Association (TMA) , The Trivandrum Agenda Task Force ( TATF ),Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry ( CKIT ) Confederation of Real Estate Association of India ( CREDAI ), South Kerala Hoteliers Federation ( SKHF) and Small Scale Industries Association (KSSIA ) were participated in the function.

On behalf of TDF Mr.Ram Kumar, Mr.Sreeram Iyer, Mr.Ajay Prasad and Mr.Chandra Kishore.R attended the function.

Trivandrum-Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). [Dated:13/06/2009]

The government has cleared a proposal for an Integrated Mass Transit System in the city to improve the public transport system and decongest major road corridors.
A State-level steering committee, headed by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, which met here on Thursday, approved the Rs.435-crore proposal submitted by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.

The project involves the development of the Ulloor-Karamana, Ulloor-Kazhakuttam and Karamana-Balaramapuram road corridors, covering a length of 28.436 km, in the first phase. The corridors will have exclusive bus lanes along a length of 16.336 km.
The proposal is a mix of dedicated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the sections where road width is 23 to 25 m and one-way routes and flyovers in sections with limited road width.
The flyovers are to be constructed on pillars put up on medians to avoid land acquisition.

Jet Airways Konnect Trivandrum and Bangalore. [Dated:13/06/2009]

Jet Airways Konnect, the all-economy service launched by Naresh Goyal-owned Jet Airways last month, will enhance its network to include 30 new flights to its current pan-India network of 62 daily flights effective June 13, said a statement.
Jet Airways Konnect will also introduce services from Trivandrum and Mumbai to Bangalore.

Dr.Shashi Tharoor sworn in as Minister of State in Dr.Manmohan Singh's cabinet.

TDF congratulates Dr.Shashi Tharoor on his new assignment as MOS in Dr.Manmohan Singh's cabinet. Hope his new role will facilitate and help to achieve his vision about Trivandrum and India as a whole.

Meeting With MP elect Dr.Shashi Taroor. [Dated:17/05/2009]

TDF was one of the organizations invited for the preliminary meeting @ T.P Sreenivasan's [Former Ambassador of India to the United Nations, Vienna] residence to discuss the various development aspects about Trivandrum. Apart from TDF other organisations like Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce, Federation for The Development of Trivandrum and Distinguished Personalities attended the meeting.

On behalf of TDF Mr.Ramkumar (President), Mr.Ajay Prasad (Business Development), Mr.Chandra Kishore (Finance & Operations) and Mr.Satyalal (Executive Member) attended the meeting.

Tallest building in State to come up Trivandrum city

Heera Constructions has announced the launch of three premium apartment complexes at Belhaven, Kowdiar; near Kanakakunnu palace and at Akkulam in the city.
Announcing this at a press conference, Chairman of Heera Group, A.R. Babu said Heera Dreams, with 34 floors in three towers in a single phase coming up near Akkulam, will be the tallest building in the State.

Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce ? New Office Bearers

The Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce elected Mr E.M. Najeeb and Mr S.N. Reghuchandran Nair as the new President and Secretary respectively.Other officebearers include Mr V. Sunlal, Treasurer; Mr P Ganesh and Mr B. Vijayakumar, Vice-Presidents; and Mr R. R. Nair, Joint Secretary.

CII - Young Indians chapter @ Trivandrum

The Confederation of Indian Industry has started a chapter of its Young Indians (Yi) initiative in the city.

Started in 2002, Yi is an initiative by CII to bring young professionals in the 25-40 age group into its developmental fold.

The initiative has over 900 direct members in 16 city chapters and 10,000 members through its district chapters, corporate chapters and Farmers? Net and Students? Net platforms, said a CII statement.

Members include professionals, entrepreneurs and young achievers. The Yi initiative works to promote the leadership skills of its members through various learning programmes.

TDF investigates commitment of political parties its leaders and most importantly media in the Vizhinjam port project.

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Supreme Court rejects Zoom's Plea; declines to stay Vizhinjam project any longer

The Supreme Court rejected Zoom's plea questioning GOK decision to reject the technical bids submitted by M/S Zoom Developers Pvt Ltd. The court disagreed to intervene or question Zoom's rejection based on Technical bid evaluated by consultants, L&T Ramboll.

Shashi Tharoor files nomination from Trivandrum.

Former UN diplomat and Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor filed nomination papers from Trivandrum Lok Sabha constituency. Tharoor filed the papers before District Collector Sanjay Kaul at the collectorate here.

Shashi Tharoor to contest the coming lok sabha polls from Trivandrum, setting the stage for a high-profile contest in Kerala's capital.

Congress has nominated former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from Trivandrum, setting the stage for a high-profile contest in Kerala's capital. Tharoor's ticket was cleared at the screening stage, with his name being the only one in the reckoning from the city.

The second edition of 'Dakshin Prahar 09? exercise of the India Air Force (IAF) in Trivandrum.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will be conducting from Wednesday major operational exercises, Called ?Dakshin Prahar 09? for eight days across the southern peninsula, including over key offshore installations on the east coast, and the Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands in the south-west.

The second edition of the exercises are being coordinated by the Trivandrum-headquartered Southern Air Command (SAC). The first edition of the Air exercise, the first of its kind to be held down South, was staged in early December, 2007, in two stages. One stage was based in Trivandrum and another in Hyderabad.

SaveCancelCloseEdit FilAircraft taking part in the exercises are the Su-30MKIs, Mirage 2000s, the recently upgraded maritime strike Jaguars, which will come from units in Pune, Bangalore and Goa respectively. Transport, communication and logistic support will be provided by the IAF?s workhorse the AN-32s, Avros and Mi-8 helicopters.

Defence Minister Mr.A.K.Antony inaugurated Rs 1.25 billion second phase expansion of BrahMos Aerospace Unit.

The second phase expansion of BrahMos' Trivandrum facility was inaugurated on Tuesday with the setting up of the missile integration complex. The facility here, which had a turnover of Rs 17 crore in 2007-08 is projected to end this fiscal with a top line of Rs 26 crore. Under the Rs 1.25 billion expansion planned in the second phase, Rs 750 million will be for integration of the missiles and Rs 500 million for adding new machinery to the unit.
Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace which has a production base here for supply of critical components to the space and defence industries, will focus on volumes rather than margins as it embarks on its ambitious growth plans.
BrahMos presently has the ISRO, the DRDO and the Atomic Energy Commission as its chief clients, but in future a significant chunk of the revenues could come from the missile programmes. BrahMos was supplying the highly sophisticated robotic arm for use at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.
For the third phase development, which includes wholesale integration of launch vehicles for the ISRO, BrahMos has sought 50 acres in Trivandrum district. The government is reportedly eyeing land at Koliakkode near Thonnackal. The third phase is expected to take three years for completion.

Govt.to analyse SC verdict: Law Minister.

Replying to media on the Supreme Court verdict on Vizhinjam port project, Law Minister M Vijayakumar said, the Government will go through the verdict and take necessary proceedings according to that. He also said, the verdict is not a set back to Government.

Supreme Court dismiss Govt's plea on Vizhinjam Project.

The Apex Court today dismissed petition filed by the Kerala government and Hyderabad-based Lanco Kondapalli Power Ltd, and others on the Rs.6,000-crore Vizhinjam port project. The Supreme Court upheld the Kerala high court order to include Mumbai-based Zoom Developers Pvt Ltd also in the consortiums bidding for the project and proceed with the tender process within 15 days. The government's plea for more time was rejected.

Impact of Knowledge And High Technology Industries Presentation by TDF at the seminar on Trivandrum Capital Region Master Plan 2030 organised by TRIDA.

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Seminar on Trivandrum Capital Region Master Plan from January 28th to January 29th @ Kanakakkunnu Palace, Trivandrum.

In October 2008, Environmental and Development Initiatives for Trivandrum (EDIT), a leading NGO, along with other prominent NGO's including TDF, CCDF, FRAT and TRAC aproached Trivandrum Development Authority (TRIDA) with the urgent need for a new Master Plan. TDF submitted a presentation on TRIVANDRUM CAPITAL REGION and TRIDA was very receptive to the idea. After several rounds of discussions, it has been decided to conduct a comprehensive Seminar where the direction of growth of the city, the consequent demand for urban facilities and the strategy to cater to the growth will be discussed in detail by leading experts in the field as well as people's representatives including Ministers, MPs and MLAs. The Seminar, scheduled for January 28th and 29th, 2009, will aim to create a white paper that will form the foundation for the Master Plan for the Trivandrum Capital Region.

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Wishing You All A Happy And Prosperous New Year.

TDF wishing you all its subsribers and its members a happy and prosperous new year-2009

Trivandrum Book Fair from Dec 20-29th.

A nine-day Trivandrum Book Fair, organised as part of the second Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF), will begin on Saturday at the Kanakakunnu Palace premises.

Over 100 international/national publishers will participate in the fair organised under the aegis of the Kerala State Institute of Children's Literature for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
All kinds of books for all sections of readers will be available at the fair, Director of the institute Rubin DCruz said. International publishers like Penguin, Oxford, University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, and national publishers like the National Book Trust, Sahitya Akademi, Thulika, Left Word, Current Books, DC Books will display books in the 100-odd stalls. Attractive discounts will be offered for all books. Various programmes had been organised as part of the fair. Two national seminars on 'books for all children in India' and 'Indian book publishing today in English and other languages' will be held on December 23 and 24 at the palace hall.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre's special screening on the 'Chandrayan' mission will be held at the venue on all days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A film appreciation course will also be held for children.

Curtains down for the 13th IFFK

The curtains came down for the week-long International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK-2008) which showcased over 200 films from around the world.

The festival, in its 13th year saw a participation of 8,261 delegates, was considered to be the largest participation in any film festival.

All the 14 films in the competition section from Asia, Africa and Latin America were well received by the audience. Parque Via, The Yellow House, Dreams of Dust, Castle in the Air, Firaaq, Gulabi talkies were among the 14 films in the competition section. Film buffs had an entertainment of 56 films in the world section from Mexico, Iran, Taiwan, Philippines, Palestine, France, US and Thailand. Seven films, claimed to be the milestone in the 50-year history of cinema, were the main attraction of the festival. Directors Fernando Birri (Argentina), Amos Gitai (Israel) and Idrissa Ouedraogo (South Africa), whose films were screened in the retrospective section, also had full audience. Tributes were paid to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, American director Jules Dassin and Malayalam director Bharatan. The special section included films by Russian director Karen Shakhana, upcoming Turkish director Aakrin, French director Alain Rene and Samira Makkhmalbaf. Five films from Russia was included in the country focus. The ''Indian talent'' section reintroduced to film lovers new wave films that started in the late seventies. Apart from the five films in the India Cinema Today, about 40 documentaries and short films were also screened.

Curtains to go up for 13th IFFK.

The 13th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) to be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan today. A host of dignitaries from filmdom will be present at the inaugural function. Argentinean filmmaker Fernando Birri and actor K.R. Vijaya will be the chief guests. Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby and Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran will attend the inaugural function. Laila's Birthday, the opening film of the festival, by Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi will be screened at Nishagandhi soon after the inauguration.

The eight-day festival will showcase 182 films from 53 countries. As many as 14 films, including two Malayalam films, have been included in the competition section. African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo will head the jury of the 13th IFFK. Iranian film-maker Samira Makhmalbaf , Brazilian director Lucia Murat, Alieva Sitora from Russia and Jabbar Patel (India) are the other jury members. There will also be separate juries representing Fipresci (International Federation of Film Critics) and NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Around 145 artistes, including 41 directors from 23 countries, are expected to attend the 13th IFFK, including representatives of foreign film distributors. The festival this time will also have workshops for budding scriptwriters and film journalists.

A new section featuring milestone films in the history of 50 years of cinema, the Master's Stroke section featuring films by Fernando Birri and the Retrospectives of celebrated Israeli director Amos Gitai and the legendary Alain Resnais are some of the highlights of the festival.

Trivandrum to host 2nd International Conference on FOSS from Dec 9th-11th.

The capital city will play host to the second international conference on freedom in computing, development and culture beginning here on Tuesday under the auspices of the State government and the free software community in Kerala. and free knowledge movements.

Titled 'Free Software, Free Society', the three-day conference will showcase Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications and free content initiatives undertaken by governmental and Non Governmental Organisations around the world, especially in developing countries. Policy makers and government officials from different countries are expected to participate.

The conference will have thematic sessions on selected areas and case studies illustrating successful interventions across the world. As many as 400 delegates are expected to attend the conference.

Exhibition to be held at Kanakakunnu Palace as Part of FOSS Conference.

An exhibition on free software and its philosophy is also being organised at the Kanakakunnu Palace. The expo will showcase the history and importance of free software movements in the world through a poster exhibition and demonstration of free software products. An open movie fest is also being organised.

Prominent Personalites @ FOSS Conference.

Some of the prominent speakers include Richard Stallman, global campaigner for free software, Neville Roy Singham, founder and chairman of ThoughtWorks Inc., Roberto Verzola, who first set up e-mail service for NGOs in the Philippines, and Jimmy Wales who helped create Wikipedia, the free open content encyclopaedia.

Lanco to file review petition.

Lanco infratech has said it may challenge the Kerala High Court's ruling to reconsider the bids of Zoom developers. The consortium is evaluating all options including filing of review petitions.

Tender for Vizhinjam work: State likely to move apex court.

The State government is likely to move the Supreme Court against the Kerala High Court verdict on the award of tenders for the Vizhinjam deepwater transhipment terminal project. Highly placed sources said a decision would be taken as soon as the Law Department processed the judgment.

Trivandrum to host 2nd International Conference on FOSS from Dec 9th-11th.

The capital city will play host to the second international conference on freedom in computing, development and culture beginning here on Tuesday under the auspices of the State government and the free software community in Kerala. and free knowledge movements.

Titled 'Free Software, Free Society', the three-day conference will showcase Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications and free content initiatives undertaken by governmental and Non Governmental Organisations around the world, especially in developing countries. Policy makers and government officials from different countries are expected to participate.

The conference will have thematic sessions on selected areas and case studies illustrating successful interventions across the world. As many as 400 delegates are expected to attend the conference.

Vizhinjam port: decision to reject bids set aside.

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday set aside the decision of the State government and Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. to reject the technical and financial bids submitted by the Mumbai-based Zoom Developers for the construction of the proposed Vizhinjam Deepwater Seaport and International Transhipment Container Terminal.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Basheer ordered that the Zoom Developer's bids be considered in 15 days. The court ordered that till a decision was taken on the proposal of the Zoom Developers, the proceedings initiated for awarding the contract to Lanco Kondapalli Power Ltd., Hyderabad, be kept in abeyance.

The Bench also ordered that if the bids submitted by the Zoom Developers were found to be better, the decisions to award the contract to the Hyderabad-based company be cancelled.

TDF salutes the Heroes who laid down their lives to save others in the Mumbai attacks.

Each and every Indian will forever be indebt to the NSG, army, the Mumbai police, the fire brigade personals and all others who are engaged in safeguarding the lives of those helpless people inside the hotel and combating terrorism.

TDF salutes the Heroes who laid down their lives to save others in the Mumbai attacks.

The Goethe-Zentrum (Max Mueller Bhavan) at Trivandrum inaugurated.

The Goethe-Zentrum (Max Mueller Bhavan), Trivandru, was inaugurated by Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany to India Stefan Graf.

A world-wide organisation with operations in 80 countries, the Max Mueller Bhavan seeks to promote German language, bilateral business relationships and cultural exchanges between Germany and other nations. The opening of the Goethe-Zentrum in the capital city is expected to contribute significantly to the growth of tourism, IT and the hospitality industry in Kerala.

Kerala State cabinet gave its approval to acquire 120 hectres of land towards infrastructure development for the Vizhinjam Port.

The Kerala government gave its approval to acquire 120 hectares of land for the development of roads, railway line, work yard and work area for the Vizhinjam International Deep Sea Container Trans-shipment Terminal.

Contract for designing Technopark Phase III signed between Technopark officials and Hafeez Contractor.

Hafeez Contractor, one of the best-known architects of India, will design and manage the third phase of an IT park in Kerala.Kerala-based architectural firm Iyer and Mahesh will partner with Hafeez to construct the 3-million square feet third phase. An agreement was signed and handed over to the Technopark CEO R.K. Nair by Hafeez and Iyer & Mahesh.

The third phase of the Technopark will provide employment opportunities to 35,000 professionals when it is fully ready by 2012 and will be one of the biggest IT building projects in the state.

National Games 2010 @ Trivandrum

Trivandrum will host the 2010 National Games. An agreement to this effect has been signed between the IOC and the State sports Minister. Kerala govt has submitted a proposal of Rs 1000 crores to develop the supporting infrastructure, this includes an International Stadium with a seating capacity 0f 85000, Games Village in 25 acres with a total built up space of 2.7 million sqft, upgrading the existing central stadium to international standards and construction of new swimming pool.

EOI called from Architects for preparing master plan for IISER campus.

IISER-TVM, invites "Expression of Interest" from reputed firms of Architects for preparing a Master Plan for Residential complex and Architectural, Structural and other connected Designs of buildings/Facilities/services to be taken up under Phase I.

International Film Festival of Kerala to be held in Trivandrum from Dec 12th-19th.

India's top rated and biggest film extravaganza is coming around again, the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is scheduled from the 12th to the 19th of December.

Final clearance for Vizhinjam

       The Vizhinjam Container Transshipment Terminal project received its final clearance from        the Union Govt. when the Shipping Ministry gave its go-ahead on September 17th. The        project had already been cleared by the Defence, External Affairs and Home Ministeries.        With this development, the decks have finally been cleared for the LDF Govt. and the        Lanco-led      consortium to sign an agreement and commence work on the Rs 8000 Crore        project to develop       India 's biggest container terminal and deepest port.

9 major Developers in the race for Technocity 

  • The physical acquisition of land for the massive 500 Acre Technocity project has commenced, with the process expected to be completed by end-2008.
  • Technocity will be developed in a series of phases, for which the Request For Proposal (RFQ) was issued in June and proposals received from 9 major developers including:
    • Emaar MGF Land Ltd (Dubai/India)
    • Forest City and Sun Capital (USA/India)
    • L&T
    • K. Raheja Corporation
    • Brigade Group
    • Suzlon Infrastructure
    • Maytas Infrastructure
    • SREI Group
  • The Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected in September and the project may be awarded as a early as end-2008. 

Work starts on Technopark Phase III and the International Convention Centre Complex

  • Work on development of the 92 acre Technopark Phase III was inaugurated on Sep 4th.
  • Work on the International Convention Centre at Aakulam being developed jointly by the Raheja Group in association with the Government of Kerala has commenced.  The massive project, with an investment of over Rs 800 Crores, will be the second largest in South India after the HICC in Hyderabad.

TRIDA unveils a progressive budget

  • TRIDA unveiled a progressive budget for the coming year, which includes a variety of urgently needed urban development projects like:
  1. Three multi-level parking plazas to be built along M.G.Road to ease parking congestion
  • A 35.25 Km long Outer Ring Road from Kazhakkoottam to Vizhinjam.
  • A 8 Km Inner Ring Road.
  • Mixed use complex at Kazhakoottam which will include a bus terminal, shopping complex, fire station and office space.
  • Preparation of detailed town planning schemes for Kochuveli, Kudapanakunnu and Attukal.

IIST and IISER launched 

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signalled acceptance of the 40 acre plot of land which is being acquired by the Kerala Government for its Indian Institute of Space Technology (IIST), ending the impasse over the location of the prestigious, world-class institute.
  • Rs 500 Crores was alloted for the initial development of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), being developed along the lines of IISc. Bangalore, at Vithura near Trivandrum. Classes may commence this academic year itself. Classes are commencing at the campus of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum till the new campus is ready.

Major investors develop giant commercial projects in Trivandrum

  • Israeli property development major, Plaza Centers, has unveiled the perspective of its massive 2.1 million square feet development at Trivandrum, to be called Trivandrum Plaza. The third of its kind in India, work is expected to begin on the project soon, near Aakulam Lake.
  • Mumbai-based developers EWDPL and Phoenix are building a 2.7 million sq.ft. mixed use complex, Treasure Market City Trivandrum, with a scheduled completion date of December 2008. The massive development will include a huge shopping mall, offices, hotels and residences.
  • The hospitality sector in Trivandrum is seeing a massive surge with new properties from the Taj, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Accor, Berggruen and a variety of other major hotel operators.
 
 
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