SmartCity Kochi Masterplan Features
When completed, SmartCity Kochi is poised to be one of India’s largest IT based Township. Besides being a state-of-the-art IT Park, the Township provides a multitude of business opportunities and support centers for residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and healthcare, institutional and recreational facilities.
Intelligent Master Plan
SmartCity Kochi is being developed as an award winning Master Plan that aspires to achieve a balance of economic, environmental and social / community needs for long term sustainability.
- Economic Sustainability
The Master Plan of SmartCity Kochi has been designed to attract developers and knowledge based businesses that are looking for competitive and attractive leasing and development costs. The Master Plan is structured to rationalize the infrastructure cost while providing superior quality of services and resources to the community.
- Environmental sustainability
The environmental sustainability is at the core of master planning decisions concerning the development of SmartCity Kochi from the inception stage. The Master Plan has been designed to maintain as much as possible the natural forested conditions of the land parcels.
- Social and community sustainability
The importance of work, live and play balance on the campus is a major focus in the Master Plan. A distinctly urban residential community with attractive, naturally pristine views and access to extensive river front promenades has been planned.
A Great Place to do business
With its concentration and clustering, renowned international and national firms in the IT and knowledge based businesses are choosing SmartCity Kochi to locate their offices due to compelling operational competiveness, excellent infrastructure, first class sustainable architectural design and access to talent that are essential for a successful business.
SmartCity Kochi is 22 KM from Cochin International Air Port and 12 KM from central business district of Kochi and is well positioned to become the heartbeat of the IT community of Kerala and is an important new mixed use destination and economic center for the region and an upcoming community of choice.
- Transport System:
The master plan provides for connecting the Township with the city center of Kochi through a network of highways, expressways, waterways and other modes of public transportation.
- Meeting energy needs
SmartCity is Power Distribution Licensee and distributes power to the Township. The power is drawn from the Brahmapuram Substation which is connected with 5 generating stations in the Kerala State and national power grid. The substation has been operational with impeccable record of near zero power outages.
Fresh Water requirement of SmartCity Kochi is currently met in association with the Government of Kerala organizations. Rain water harvesting Facilities are established as per requirement. The Master plan envisages all the Co-developers to build adequate capacity of rain water storage facility as per norms. Distribution of water to various lands /plots is by gravity from a High Ground Level Reservoirs (HGLR).
Development plans sustaining ecosystem
SmartCity Kochi is divided into three land parcels divided by the Edachira canal and the Kadambrayar River.
The land parcels are developed as a natural area with trails, forest envelope, river front and belvederes overlooking the various components of the development comprising of commercial buildings, mobility hub, retail destinations, social infrastructure comprising of international school, hospital, recreational and community amenities and sports and entertainment and hospitality. Public riverfront promenade, open space easements and linkages help create a well-connected public realm to encourage walkability.
Sustainability features of SmartCity Kochi Master Plan
- The natural terrain and flora is preserved as much as possible and creates an abundance of green, natural open spaces.
- Designed as a “walk to work” development with walkways forming a detailed network of convenient passage systems – whereby reducing the need for motorized conveyance.
- Solar powered facilities.
- Rainwater harvesting
- Outdoor circulations and seamless integration with the nature
- Landscape treated as an extension of the vegetation on site
- Environmentally responsive building (efficient and sun responsive envelope, natural ventilation, passive cooling)
- Preserving Existing Flora
Single Window Clearance for the Project:
The Government of Kerala has declared SmartCity Kochi as an Industrial Township under the Kerala Industrial Single Window Clearance Board and Industrial Township Area Development Act, 1999. The Government has established a SmartCity Single Window Clearance Board for expeditious clearance of approvals and permits under statutory Acts for buildings and other structures.
- Environmental Clearance
State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) has accorded Environmental Clearance for the Master Plan Development. Hence the co -developers do not need to go for individual clearance for their development plans thus helping them to expedite their project execution.