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Call for new city development model

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala that leads the nation in human development indices, literacy and inclusive growth can create a new model for city development, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Managing Director and CEO, Infosys Technologies Ltd., has said.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Sustainable Development Strategies for Thiruvananthapuram' organised jointly by the College of Architecture and the Narayanan and Vaidyanathan Charitable and Educational Trust here on Saturday, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said the new model is centered on where experts are leveraged to create the vision, strategy, and plans; where various stake holders can come together and work together to create a liveable and sustainable city.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan, who is also the Chairman of CII, Southern India, said it is important for all to come together and create a long-term vision for the city. “We also need to preserve certain unique features of Thiruvananthapuram – heritage buildings, water bodies—to make it a liveable, sustainable and great city. We need to preserve these for our children and grandchildren.”

Stating that there are two options – grow or die – for any city, he said if a city does not grow, over time people and businesses start moving out, and ultimately the city dies. In India, there are very few instances of these since the GDP is growing at around 8 to 9 per cent.

With the advent of Technopark here and Technocity in future, the city will continue to grow. Information Technology industry attracts employees to the State capital from all over the country. For every employee added in the IT industry, three to five employees are added in related industries like retail, hospitality, travel and tourism, real estate and transportation.

He said the IT industry is in another growth phase after it came down to single digit in 2008. The top five companies in the country are estimated to hire 1,60,000 to1,80,000 new employees in the next 12 months. As they hire more people, they will need more offices and will also look at new locations and cities to expand.

Former Chief Secretary and Chairman, Electricity Regulatory Commission K. J. Mathews presided. Paul Antony, Principal Secretary, Power, spoke on the Energy requirements of the city. N. Mahesh, Chairman of Narayanan and Vaidyanathan Charitable and Educational Trust, was present.

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