Kerala govt to set up India's first Space Park

Kerala govt to set up India's first Space Park
The project will be implemented by the Electronics and IT Department, government of Kerala.
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government will set up a state-of-the-art Space Systems Park, claimed to be the countrys first, at Knowledge City here to attract global start-ups working in space sector and also develop it as a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research and development.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, to be developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a major centre of ISRO, as a befitting  memorial to the former president and top space scientist, will also be located at the sprawling site as part of the overall infrastructure of the Space Park, a press release said.

The state government has issued orders to make Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre and Space Museum part of the space park and to allot the land required for the facility.

This will be an added attraction to the park and the entire investment will be made by the VSSC.

The government will transfer 20.01 acres as lease to the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) to develop the space park at Knowledge City within Technocity as an international space technology ecosystem.

Of this, 16.07 acres, now having SEZ status, will be denotified by KSITIL. The land belongs to Technopark.

The project will be implemented by the Electronics and IT Department, government of Kerala.

Primarily a manufacturing hub for companies using GIS and other data systems, the integrated complex will also have start-up incubator, accelerators including Airbus Bizlab, skill training systems and production units.

KSITIL, the agency mandated to develop IT infrastructure in the state, will hand over required land to ISRO to set up Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, through a lease agreement. A government order (GO) has already been issued in this regard.

The government had earlier allotted 1.75 acres at Kowdiar in the city to VSSC, to develop the Centre and Space Museum.

Later, VSSC informed the government of the restrictions in taking up world class constructions on the land imposed by the Kerala Art and Heritage Commission, and requested an alternative site for the project.

"With the Space Park materialising, Kerala capital will become a key hub of space technology in the country," said M Sivasankar, state Secretary, Electronics and IT.

"The Space Park is being set up to leverage on the opportunities provided by 'Space 2.0 and it will generate lots of high tech jobs," he said.

Apart from VSSC, some other major centres of ISRO are also located in and around the city, and together with the Space Park they would help create a robust ecosystem for space technology applications and research, Abdul Kalam museum being another attraction, he added.

The CEO of Kerala Government owned ICT Academy Santhosh Kurup has been appointed as special officer of the Space Park project.

KSITIL, as co-developer of the project, will collect premium from the companies taking up space in the complex.

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