Monday, December 31, 2007

Better times ahead.....

The last day of 2007 seems to be a good portent of better times for Trivandrum in 2008 and further ahead....

Trivandrum - The Hub of the Future (clickable Link)

Lol, these are not my words, but those of a leading national newspaper. A few months ago, it would have been mighty hard to find "Trivandrum" and "hub" in the same sentence in any media report.

Today, as Brahmos Aerospace brings the defense and aerospace industry to Trivandrum in a major way, the perception is changing. Brahmos will only be the second plant of its kind in India and one of the most advanced in the world, as it will manufacture what is possibly the most advanced cruise missile in the world. Brahmos will target a turn-over of over Rs 1000 Crores in five years' time, as export orders will add to that of the Indian Armed Forces.

In addition, the tri-services Aerospace Command is all set to come up at the Southern Air Command. The Coast Guard station at Vizhinjam is being expanded and the Army has submitted a proposal to the Government for an Army Medical College in Trivandrum.

Satyam Comes to Trivandrum

Satyam Computer Services, one of the top 5 Indian IT firms, has submitted a proposal to start a campus in Trivandrum. It has asked for 30 acres of land from GoK. Perhaps due to the "Take Deviation" experience encountered by other IT firms looking to set up shop in Trivandrum, a senior Satyam official said " Satyam will enter the state if we get the space here. We are not interested in setting up it anywhere else in the state."

Now, all that's required is for the Government to reply positively and the State will have gained an IT major and maybe up to 10,000 jobs.

New Year Gift?

Whereas Brahmos is a great gift to the city for the coming year, there is a long list of others which could be in the pipeline.

The Most Likely...
  1. Technnopark Phase III
  2. Technocity
  3. Infosys and TCS campuses
  4. New International Airport Terminal - Phase I and II
  5. Air India Hangar
  6. IIST
  7. Capital City Road Development Project
  8. ......and Vizhinjam
The others (cross your fingers...and toes)
  1. IISER
  2. Nanotechnology Centre
  3. Central University
  4. Aerospace Command
  5. Biotechnology Park
  6. Defense Park
  7. IT Corridor
  8. NH-47 four laning
  9. JNURM projects
  10. Permanent venue for IFFK
Last year, we had looked at a list of projects. In the days ahead, I will look back at how many have made any progress. I am guessing it won't be a pretty picture but we have better times to look forward to if the closing weeks of 2007 are any indication.

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in advance.

I hope many of you are in Trivandrum today to enjoy the most happening New Year Party in Kerala as the city goes wild and lights up the night! Cheerio!

See you all next year, folks!

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