Destination-Kerala-IT

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government will encourage space sharing by companies to address the demand for workspace in IT parks, according to M Sivasankar IAS, Principal Secretary, Information Technology.

Presiding over a discussion on the draft State IT Policy, organised by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech) here the other day, Sivasankar said some companies had been holding space they did not actually need. Some of this area could be utilised to provide workspace for companies that were waiting to set up shop, said the IT Principal Secretary.

A space-sharing policy has been passed by the executive board to this extent, said Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark, speaking on the occasion.

As per the policy, the companies which are holding unutilised space will be encouraged to share it with a company waiting to get office space at the IT Park. Sharing is for a limited period and subject to conditions, he said. Forty companies are waiting for space, he added.

To help young parents working in the IT industry, IT Parks in the State will soon have more creches on their campuses. The companies will have to bear the cost of furnishing the crèches, he said.

Sivasankar said investors have evinced interest in building hostel for women IT employees. Such hostels are likely to come up near IT parks in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi soon, he said.

The draft IT policy, which is open for public discussion, will be finalised by the third week of April.