In India, a pact signed between the Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Ministry of Power had taken place in order to run programmes and policies of the government for energy efficient buildings. On the other hand, the first phase of the 65,000 sq ft Kochi Smart City project in Kerala, will also be inaugurated this month (February). The project is initiated by Dubai-based Tecom, in association with the Kerala government.
The Smart City project in Kochi, which was initially designed in 2004, had its inauguration delayed thrice due to low progress of construction. However, the board of directors of the Kochi Smart City project held in Dubai has now announced that they will conduct the inauguration process in the third week of February – although the exact day has not yet been confirmed.
The first IT building in the city has around 6.5 lakh sq ft of area, of which 25 new companies have already booked space. The first phase of inauguration will take place at this IT building. It is expected that Kochi Smart City will promote around 6,500 IT jobs.
It is believed that United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, may be present for the inauguration. However, there have been no confirmations on their attendance as of yet.