"Smart City Kochi is a commitment towards the state of Kerala, and will set new benchmarks in creating and fostering an ecosystem for investment and growth," said Jawad Suleiman, Executive Director, Project Development and Planning, Smart City Dubai, the project implementing company.
According to Suleiman, the 10,090sqft pavilion will assist in marketing the project to national and international investors, and its opening comes at a time when the master plan of the project is expected to be completed by August.
"With the approval of the concept master plan, we are moving towards building the country's largest IT Park with world-class facilities in Kerala," said Suleiman.
The proposed INR5,000-crore mega IT project, the ground breaking ceremony of which was held in October 2011, will come up over an area of 250 acres. It is expected to provide jobs to 90,000 professionals.
As planned, the first phase of the project will be completed in 18-24 months.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had first announced the Smart City Kochi project in 2004 when he was in office. However, since then, no concrete steps had been taken towards the project till things started moving again after Chandy re-assumed office in May 2011.