Alappuzha set to emerge on Kerala's IT map

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Alappuzha, Jun 16: Alappuzha is all set to make its mark on the IT map of Kerala with the state government deciding to launch two infoparks at Ambalappuzha and Cherthala in the district.

District authorities said the work to acquire the required 160 acres of land for the two parks has already been initiated.

The proposed park in Ambalappuzha at a cost of about Rs 900 crore is expected to provide jobs to 20,000 people.

While land for the Ambalappuzha park will have to be acquired from private persons, there is no land problem in Cherthala, where the Kerala State Industrial Board has more than 100 acres in the Pallippuram panchayat area.

About 60 acres of this is likely to be aquired for the park, which will create jobs for 15,000 and cost about Rs 500 crore, district officials said.

The authorities target to complete both the parks by 2010.

With land becoming scarce in the neighbouring IT hub in Kochi, private developers are also beginning to look at adjacent Alappuzha for new projects, officials said.

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