Kochi Smart City : talks to resume soon : Minister

The Minister for Fisheries S. Sarma said here on Thursday that talks with Gulf-based TECOM for starting the work on the Smart City Project in Kochi would resume soon.

Implementation of the project had come to a standstill following TECOM's demand that the government should release the land promised to be given free to the company for implementing the project. However, the Government maintained that the land could be given only after approval of the master plan and commencement of work on the project.

Mr. Sarma, who is heading the joint sector company formed to implement the Smart City Project, said that this involved a policy decision and the matter was under consideration of the government.

He said that the project would not be lost because of any stand of the government, provided that the promoters were willing to go by the agreement signed by them with the government.

The Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan had said on Wednesday that there was progress in resolving the issue though a breakthrough was yet to be achieved.


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