The Infopark Cherthala, Kerala, on Thursday said it attracted 15 companies to operate at the park on 66 acres of land.
These mid-segment companies are mainly from Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE.
Some of the IT clients include Kuwait-based Path Solutions, which provides financial software services like core banking and mobile and internet banking for Islamic banking industry; Bahrain-based Voyager IT Solutions which has development centers in Bahrain and Singapore; and Kuwait-based Webna Web Solutions.
A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on 60 acres offers facilities and concessions to companies planning to set up their shops there. The park has an added advantage of being equidistant from Kochi, Kottayam and Alappuzha.
“The Infopark Cherthala, designed for low cost operations, has emerged as a much sought after destination for IT companies from the Middle East. We are developing the park to accommodate more companies in the next two years. Tenders will be floated to invite private participation in developing IT campuses in the park,” said Infopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair.
The park, with its current 2.4 lakh sq feet built-up area, offers plug-and-play facilities and warm shell options for companies looking for bigger space. The IT building has food courts, conference hall, discussion rooms and game zones. The park has its own 110 kV sub-station, a water treatment plant, storage tanks, internal roads and an effluent treatment plant.
“We will be scaling up our operations at the park by making substantial investments. The manpower will be increased from 50 to 100,” said Bobby Kuriakose, director, Path Solutions.
“This is our first development centre in India and hopes to expand operation in the next two years. We opted for the park because of low operating cost and good infrastructure,” said Deepu Krishnan R K, manager of Voyager IT Solutions.
“The operational cost is very less in Cherthala when compared to having a similar facility in major cities. We have also been able to find right talent locally as per our requirement,” said Anoop Krishnan, CEO of Webna Web Solutions.