21 April 2009
Kochi: The Dubai Smart City has not pulled back its personnel from the Kochi Smart City project, but has put on hold additional recruitment of human resources until the freehold land issue was resolved, company CEO Fareed Abdulrahman Tuesday said.
In a statement here, the company said the Smart City personnel assigned to Smart City Kochi "are still heavily involved in the development of the project and have not been pulled back from their roles and responsibilities."
The company had identified the office space at Josh Towers at Vazhakala in December. However, the whole process of setting up of the office had not yet taken place. The government had allotted about 246 acres of land for the project at nearby Kakkanad and of this about 136 acres had got in principle SEZ status from the central government. But the final notification was yet to come as the land has not yet been registered. The lease agreement signed between the Kerala Government and the Smart city project of Dubai on May 13, 2007 had lapsed in November last year. A fresh agreement is yet to be signed. The bone of contention between the government and project developers is the insistence of the latter for about 30 acres of free hold land which should be included in the lease agreement, according to them.