Industrial Growth Center Cherthala – Taking Off

The Alleppey district in Kerala is known for its idyllic backwaters. Tourists throng the place, charmed by its beauty and tranquility. The buzz of industries is something that was missing in the district.

But not anymore. The district is witnessing a silent revolution with industries from a wide range of sectors setting up shop at the Industrial Growth Centre(IGC), setup by KSIDC.

The IGC is located at Pallippuram, near Cherthala, just 30 kms from Kochi. It spreads out on 278.79 acres of land on either side of the Cherthala – Pallipuram – Arukutty road. The road connects the IGC to the NH 47 at Cherthala, just 7 kms away.

Work on infrastructure facilities in the IGC is going on in full swing. 1.2 kms of internal roads have been constructed in the IGC. The tendering process for another 1.5 kms, will be completed in April 2015. The IGC will be secured by a 7km long compound wall. A 2.5 km stretch of the wall has already been completed, and the work on the remaining stretch is progressing at a fast pace.

Electricity is being supplied to units in the IGC by KSEB through a 11KV line. To meet the increasing power needs of the units, a 110 KV substation is being planned in the Centre. KSIDC has already allotted 1.5 acres of land for the substation and work is expected to start in a couple of months.

An overhead water tank with a capacity of 16.2 lakh litres has been built by KWA on 30 cents of land provided by the Centre to meet the drinking water requirements of the units.

KSIDC is planning to construct an 80,000 sq ft standard design factory at the IGC. The tender for the SDF that is expected to be complete in 18 months will be floated this month. A common effluent treatment plant, warehouse and a container freight station are some of the facilities that are being planned in the Centre.

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A number of institutions have already started operations at the Centre. Infopark has built a 2.4 lakh sq ft facility on 66 acres of land in the Centre. The College of Engineering Cherthala, is also located in the IGC.

The unit of Malabar Cements is the main industry that is functioning in the IGC. In addition three coir based units and an LPG filling unit have started operations there. Some of the units in the IGC that will be commissioned soon include Emirates Steel Tubes, Maxshield (a surgical gloves unit), a formaldehyde manufacturing unit and some coir based units.

In all 200 acres of land has been allotted to 41 units in the IGC. A Mega Food Park is also coming up on 65 acres of land in the IGC. 15 seafood units have already taken up land in the IGC. In addition, 15 acres of land has been allotted for setting up the National Power Training Institute.

“The IGC at Cherthala has been able to attract industries, not just in traditional sectors such as coir and food processing, which have a strong presence in the area, but also in sectors such as information technology, education and engineering. This will help the district widen its industrial base,” says Mr KG Ajith Kumar, General Manager, KSIDC. The total investment that is expected to be brought in by the units in the IGC is expected to cross Rs 350 crore. It is hoped that 16,000 persons will get employment in the units, with Infopark Cherthala, accounting for the bulk of the jobs.