Technopark Thiruvananthapuram, the first IT park in the country, has chalked out an ambitious target of creating 45,000 new jobs during 2014-16 as part of its efforts to emerge as India's IT powerhouse.
Technopark, which is poised to celebrate its silver Jubilee next year, provides direct employment to 45,000 IT/ITeS professionals through its 330 IT companies.
With the completion of the ongoing construction activities of TCS, Infosys, UST Global, Tata Elxsi, IBS and Technopark's Phase III building, around 45,000 additional direct jobs will be created, leading to a total of 90,000 direct jobs and 350,000 indirect jobs, said KG Girish Babu, CEO,Technopark.
Technopark's export turnover is expected to be around Rs 5,000 crore in 2013-14, as against Rs 3,500 crore in 2012-13. It also added 1.1 million sft of built-up space during the period.
Phase I and II construction of buildings on a total area of 2.5 million sft was progressing well and is likely to be completed within a year. The companies, which are building their own campuses are Infosys, TCS, UST Global, Tata Elxsi and IBS.
Technopark Phase II project is an 86-acre Special Economic Zone (SEZ) campus, being jointly developed by Infosys and UST Global. When fully developed, it can accommodate 50,000 professionals.
Infosys has constructed two ultra-modern software development blocks, which employ 3,300 professionals. The software major plans to invest another Rs 800 crore in this campus over the next few years.
The third building on an area of 350,000 sft, having 3,500 seats, is also complete. The fourth covering 450,000 sft will accommodate 4,500 IT professionals more. The fifth will also seat 4,500 people. In all, there will be around 16,000 direct jobs in the campus.
UST Global's near-complete IT building can accommodate 8,500 IT professionals. The plan for the second building is also being finalised by it.
The SEZ being developed in Technopark Phase I by TCS will have a total of 1.12 million sft. The main four IT buildings will seat 2,200 professionals each. The first building will be ready by August this year, leading to 8,800 jobs by early 2016. Tata Elxsi and IBS together will add 2,000 new jobs by the next year-end. The expansion of other existing companies will create another 3,000 jobs, Babu added.
"With the commissioning of the Twin Towers-Ganga and Yamuna-a capacity of 8,500 seats has been created in Phase III. This iconic twin tower, the most modern green building built by the state government, will also be filled by 2015. A total of 40 companies had been allotted space in the new Twin Towers. Another 18 companies are set to commence their operations shortly," Babu said.
With a rental income of Rs 49 crore, the annual turnover of Technopark has been pegged at around Rs 100 crore, including income from power and maintenance services, helping it continue its profitable operations since 2001.
Technopark's expansion plans are Phase III (92 acres) and Technocity (451 acres), which were funded through bank loans. For Phase III, it took a bank loan of Rs 21 crore for land acquisition, which was fully repaid with interest. It took a loan of Rs 207 crore for works in this phase. The repayment, starting this month, will be met primarily from the income generated from Phase III.
Further, Technopark had availed a loan of Rs 321 crore for the land acquisition for the massive Technocity project. Of this amount, it has repaid Rs 360 crore (including interest). "The outstanding amount (Rs 38 crore) will be paid this month itself. When the Technocity loan is closed within a month, the financial position will drastically improve," he added.
Technopark is governed by Electronics Technology Parks, an autonomous body under the Kerala government. Set up in 1990, it is home to 330 companies, 767 acres of land and 45,000 IT/ITeS professionals.