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Location – Kozhikode

Kozhikode , also known as Calicut, is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district. During the middle Ages, Kozhikode was dubbed the “City of Spices” for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. Kozhikode was once the capital of an independent kingdom viz of ‘Imotions‒ and later of the erstwhile Malabar District.

Kozhikode is located at 11°15 N 75°46’E / 11.25°N 75.77°E / 11.25; 75.77.[4] It has an average elevation of 1 metre (3 feet). There are a number of rivers and lakes in the district. The district has a generally humid climate with a reasonably hot season extending from March to May. The main rainy season is during the South-West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September. The North-East Monsoon extends from the second half of October through November. The average annual rainfall is 3,266 mm. The best weather is found towards the end of the year, in December and January – the skies are clear, and the air is crisp. The city is well connected by Road, Rail and Air. Other modes of transportation include auto rickshaws, taxis, and ordinary and luxury buses. The international airport located about 20 KMs away from the City makes it well connected with the major national and international cities.

The pollution free atmosphere and the large pool of skilled human talent available in the region make it the most suitable destination for knowledge based industries. The people of Kozhikode are well known all over the world for their honesty – giving the town a repute as “City of Truth“ making it the ideal location for IT and ITES industries, that leverage in the high quality manpower.

The availability of low cost highly skilled resources, of which a substantial portion is qualified female IT professionals, good civil infrastructure including the international airport with over 50 daily flights connecting Middle East, European and American destinations, good quality hospitals, International schools, shopping malls and entertainment facilities etc., it is imperative that an SEZ must be developed at the earliest in order to ensure the growth of knowledge based units in the region and thereby to the further social and economical development of the region as well as to penetrate the economic growth in to the peripheral rural economy from the urbans, where it is presently concentrated. The current proposal for establishing an IT SEZ in Kozhikode is a step in this direction.

Demand for Office Space

Real estate sector has witnessed heightened activity due to perceptible demand in all sectors; hospitality, residential, retail and office space. Traditionally the demand from leisure travellers to tourist destinations to Wayanad and northern region of Kerala has been fuelling the growth and development of hospitality industry. In future, the growth of IT/ITES sector, medical tourism, and other development projects are expected to drive the demand for business hotels in the future.

Demand for office space in Kozhikode is expected to grow at a brisk pace. The CyberPark initiative, various infrastructure projects, general business investments coming from the NRI groups, in the background of low manpower costs, high literacy and easy availability of talent pool, low attrition rates, low to moderate real estate costs, inexpensive cost of living etc. are expected to attract more IT/ITES companies and other knowledge based industries to Kozhikode in the next 3 – 5 years.

Existing IT Activities in Kozhikode

There are over 40 IT companies presently operating in and around Kozhikode, in different locations. The KINFRA Park at Kakkancherry has accommodated 16 companies. The NIT, Kozhikode has incubated about 14 companies. There are two professional organizations – CiTi – Kozhikode IT initiative and Caffit, who organize IT related seminars and workwhops in association with NASSCOM and KSITM. It is interesting to note that NASSCOM had maximum number of such events organized in Kozhikode, compared to the other cities in the State. This shows the initiative of existing IT companies in Kozhikode. It is interesting to note that there is focus on Product Development and IT services.

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New Infrastructure

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    Highlights of Kozhikode!

      • Around 28 hectares of land in Nellikkode and Pantheerankavu villages

    Negotiated purchase of land initiated under FTP

    • SEZ status received
    • Distance from Kozhikode Airport: 25 Km
    • Distance from Kozhikode Seaport: 10 Km
    As a part of initial infrastructure development, the following facilities are proposed to be created by Cyberpark.
    • Compound wall, security office & gate
    • Internal Roads
    • Common Facilities Centre, called Park Centre with convention and other facilities.
    • Water treatment plant and water Supply & Distribution system
    • IT Building of 4 lakh sft. with car parking and other facilities like DG Back up, Food Court, Utility Station etc.
    • Power infrastructure by setting up 110 KV sub station and distribution facilities.
    • Waste Water treatment plant & disposal system

    Plug & Play Options

    • 1,00,000 Sq.Ft. Intelligent, Plug & Play facility.
    • 2,00,000 Sq.Ft. Warm Shell space
    • Infrastructure to meet the technical demands of mission critical digital operations.
    • Fully serviced spaces that cater to the data-intensive needs of knowledge-based enterprises.

    The 'Hub'

    • Prime, developed SEZ and Non SEZ land within 10 KM from the historic city centers of Calicut.
    Contact Address

    Chief Executive Officer,
    Cyberpark Kozhikode
    (A Govt. of Kerala Undertaking)
    28/1650D, Park Centre,
    KSITIL Special Economic Zone,
    Nellikkode PO, Kozhikode-673 016, Kerala.

    Kozhikode in terms of Education and R&D

    Kozhikode is home to two of the premier educational institutions in the country:

    • The IIMK, one of the seven Indian Institutes of Management,
    • The National Institute of Technology, the NITC.

     

    Some of the other major institutes in Kozhikode are:

    • Kozhikode Medical College
    • Kozhikode University Institute of Engineering and Technology (CUIET)
    • Government Engineering College (GEC)
    • Malabar Christian College
    • Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College
    • St. Josephs College
    • Devagiri College
    • Farook College
    • Government Arts and Science College
    • Providence Women's College
    • Government Homoeopathic Medical College
    • Government Law College
    • Government College of Teacher Education
    • Kerala School of Mathematics
    • CEDIT

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