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We want to consolidate on gains made in 15 years

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) is dedicated to catalyse industrial growth in Kerala by providing the best industry-specific-infrastructure. KINFRA has identified over 20 core competency areas. It has 12 well-defined industrial parks of which many are functional and some are in the launching phase. S RAMNATH, Managing Director, KINFRA responded to PROJECTS INFO's queries about his organisation.

Give as idea of KINFRA’s objectives ?
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) was set up by an Act of State Legislature in February 1993, aiming at accelerating the industrial development of the State by providing infrastructure facilities to industries. The major functions envisaged for KINFRA are;

(a) To develop industrial areas selected by the Government for the purpose for which it was selected and make them available for the undertakings;
(b) To establish, maintain, develop and manage industrial estates at places selected by the Government;
(c) To identify appropriate industrial sites, acquire them and tie up required infrastructure facilities like power, water, roads, communications etc.
(d) To co-ordinate with other Government Departments or agencies to ensure provision of good quality infrastructure facilities, within the shortest possible time;
(e) To allot the developed plots or sheds to entrepreneurs on terms and conditions as may be determined by the Corporation;
(f) To upgrade the facilities of existing industrial estates or industrial areas transferred to the Corporation;
(g) To undertake schemes for providing the industrial units with such structures and facilities as may be necessary for their orderly establishment, growth and development;
(h) To procure land on behalf of medium or large scale industries outside the industrial estates or industrial development area by purchase, lease or exchange from any person:
(i) To act as single point contact for clearance required from different agencies or departments.
(j) To promote, organize, sponsor or undertake schemes or works either by itself or jointly with other corporate bodies or institutions or with the Government or local authorities or on an agency basis in furtherance of the purposes for which the Corporation is established and all matters connected therewith:
(k) Such other functions as are necessary in furtherance of the objects of the Corporation.

Tell us about achievement of KINFRA?
Being the industrial catalyst of the State, KINFRA has been following a conscious effort of industrial infrastructure development, specifically aimed at the economic development of the industrially backward regions of the State by setting up Industrial Parks/ Townships/ Zones etc., which provide all facilities required for entrepreneurs in starting an industry in the thrust sectors identified by the Government's Industrial Policy.
The Industrial Parks developed by KINFRA have facilities like developed land or built up space, dedicated power, continuous water supply, communication facilities, etc, in addition to supporting social infrastructure facilities like administrative block, bank, post office, round the clock security, etc, thereby providing a ready-made manufacturing environment for easy start up of industrial units with minimum time and cost.
KINFRA has successfully completed over the past 15 years, 20 theme based Industrial Parks in Kerala in areas such as garments, infotainment, marine/ seafood, rubber, exports, electronics, Textiles, Bio-Technology, food processing, and Small Scale Industries etc.
KINFRA has developed Joint Venture Projects like India's first Rubber Park (JVC with Rubber Board) at Kochi, India's first Seafood processing Park (JVC with MPEDA) at Alappuzha and Western India KINFRA Ltd. (WISE Park) at Palakkad, and ICICI-KINFRA (I-KIN) JV with ICICI Limited. KINESCO, Kochi JV With NTPC Electric Supply Company Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary company of NTPC Limited. Kottayam Port & Container Terminal Services Private Limited (KPACT), Kottayam JV with South Indian Chamber of commerce and Industry (SICCI), Kottayam.
KINFRA also developed Small Industries Parks at Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Waynad, Kannur,Kasargod and Pathanamthitta etc.

Some of the successful businesses using KINFRA facilities are Kerala Chemicals and Proteins; Bombay Rayons in apparel industry, HAL and BEL. MRPL also has also a unit KINFRA Parks

The notable achievements of KINFRA towards industrial development of the State are:
Twenty theme based Industrial Parks started in Kerala.

India's first International Apparel Park established at Menamkulam, Trivandrum.
India's first Export Promotion Industrial Park established at Kakkanad, Ernakulam.
India's first Infotainment Park, the Film & Video Park, established at Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum.

India's first Food Processing Industrial Park established at Kakkancherry, Malappuram. Land development works in full swing for development of the second Food Processing Park at Adoor, Pathanamthitta.

India's first Rubber Park (JVC with Rubber Board, GOI) established at Irapuram, Ernakulam.

India's first Marine Park with GOI assistance (JVC with MPEDA) established at Aroor, Alappuzha.

Formation of first private-public sector collaboration (JVC) in Industrial Park Development (Western India KINFRA Ltd) at Palakkad.
Getting the 300 acres of HMT Land from Ministry of Industries, GOI.
Starting of NID's Satellite Centre at KEPIP, Kochi.
Approval and sanctioning of Grant up to Rs 3.47 Crores from GOI for developing a dedicated roadway to Export Park, Kochi.
Membership in International Association of Science Parks (IASP), Spain.
Nodal Agency for Ministry of Food Processing Industries in Kerala.
Nodal Agency for implementing ASIDE scheme of Ministry of Commerce in Kerala.
Nodal Agency for GoK for development of Kannur International Airport.
Nodal Agency for GoK for development of Kochi Metro Rail Project.

Give us an idea of KINFRA’s land acquisition process?
KINFRA acquires land at strategic locations for the orderly development of industries by balancing social, cultural, regional and ecological requirements. KINFRA's achievement over the years caters to the industry specific infrastructure requirements, by setting up a number of Industrial Parks/ Townshi-ps/Zones etc, across the State.
The industry specific parks established by KINFRA provide ready-made manufacturing environment to facilitate easy start up of industrial units with minimum time and cost.
The land required for the Industrial Park are normally selected and technically evaluated before land acquisition is made. "We adopt the LA through the Revenue authorities in the District, and at times through negotiation after notification under LA procedures,"
KINFRA does not help in marketing products of the various companies based in the Parks. "But we encourage our units to participate in exhibitions and trade fairs in which we also contribute. Similarly KINFRA plays no role in exports. "These are handled by the units themselves. However we have developed infrastructure for exporting units/ clusters under ASIDE scheme of ministry of commerce
KINFRA also contributes to the state's revenue. "We have been consistently earning income over expenditure for government of Kerala for the last 4 years. However, we plough it back into land and other new infrastructure projects,"

Tell us about your organisation’s future plans?
The future focus of KINFRA will be to consolidate the agins made in the past 15 years and build a responsive and dynamic team to attract larger investments in the MSME sector to the Industrial Parks that have been plannned for the next 10 years.

NEW PROJECTS of Kinfra
Mega Food Park, Waynad
Spices Park, Idukki
Industrial Park, Mattannur, Kannur
Industrial Park, Kollam
Rubber Park, Ranni
Integrated Infrastructure Developoment Centre, Kidangoor
Advanced Technology Park, Thrissur & Kozhikode
Kera Park, Kodakara, Thrissur District
Non-Conventional Energy Park, Palakkad
Marine Park, Beypore, Kozhikode
Kinfra Food Processing Park, Konni, Pathanamthitta


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