India’s first knowledge city in Thiruvananthapuram
Huge job opportunities in healthcare sector
Cater to the global need for innovative ideas
State needs to bring in sustainable technologies
Limit usage of fossil fuels
Provide green environment to work and live
Set up new ports along Kerala’s 500-km long coastline
Solid waste disposal system specific to Kerala’s needs
The knowledge city will have research and service hubs for financial services, media, bio-technology, healthcare and management education that will not only attract local talent but also high-skilled migrants.
Pitroda pointed out that in the health sector alone there is a shortage of one million nurses in the country and another half a million vacancies abroad.
Pitroda stressed the need to generate innovative ideas globally, which is going to be the cutting edge for growth prospects in the state.
The state capital is suited for setting up this city as it has a clean eco-system and better access to transportation. “The knowledge city will change the work culture of Kerala and will be active 24/7,’’ he said.
The around 500-kilometer coastline of Kerala is also virtually untapped. “We are planning 13 minor ports and three major ports along the coast. This will boost cargo and transportation business in a big way.’’
Coming to brass tacks, Pitroda admitted that the greatest challenge Kerala faces today is managing its solid waste disposal system. “The technologies used in other countries and even other states may not work here. We cannot have huge incinerator plants and landfills due lack of space and huge density of population,’’ he said. The Vilappilsala plant agitation is a classic example of Not in My Backyard syndrome. Pitroda said even the nature and content of waste is different here.
On the issue of dwindling growth rate and the rupee’s huge fall, he said India should not compare itself with China.
Sam Pitroda will discuss with state ministers and planning board members on the 10 main projects for the development of the state. The top projects, which would be taken up for discussion would be the high-speed rail corridor linking the north and south of the state and a coastal waterway. The rail corridor entails an investment of Rs1.18 lakh crore and the waterway is intended to promote feeder services to larger vessels as well as freight and passenger transport. A presentation will be made before the cabinet ministers and planning board members by Sam Pitroda .