Infopark will get a full-fledged police station cum cyber-cell within its campus with construction starting in six month’s time, Hon’ble Minister for Home and Vigilance Shri Ramesh Chennithala said during a meeting held to review the security arrangements at the IT park here on Friday. He said the Kochi City Police will designate a police official to patrol the area during peak hours. The Minister noted that the safety of women employees, who constitute 50% of the workforce at Infopark, is of the utmost importance to the government. Infopark had already allotted 45 cents of land free-of-cost for setting up the police station inside the campus.
Responding to the concerns raised by the employees regarding the exorbitant fares charged by auto drivers in the vicinity, the Minister said he will soon instruct the authorities concerned to open another pre-paid counter near the campus in addition to the existing one near the main gate. Shri Chennithala said that he hopes to sort out all security concerns of Infopark employees with this meeting. He urged the employees to contact the police through the newly-launched Facebook and WhatsApp facilities, or by phone on numbers provided by the Kochi City Police. He invited them to communicate any complaints directly to him through his Facebook page. The Minister also assured that the City Police will soon put in place a concrete programme to address the issues faced by the IT employees here.
The meeting was organised by Infopark and the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of software companies in Kerala, with support from the Kochi City Police. During the interaction, major issues highlighted by the employees were the poor condition of the roads, especially the Edachira PWD road and the safety of women employees who work during late-night shifts. Meanwhile, Shri Chennithala assured them that the matter will be brought to the attention of the authorities concerned. GTech agreed to provide one bike for the police patrol team to enable them to conduct 24-hour surveillance in and around Infopark. The association is also planning to convene similar meetings with the Minister for Public Works and the Minister for Transport.
Senior police officers including the City Police commissioner Shri K G James; Shri Satheesh Bino, District Police Chief; Shri Renjith Balan, Executive Member Gtech; Shri Mukund Krishna, Joint Secretary Gtech; Shri Hrishikesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Infopark; Shri Joseph Korah, Vice-Chairman of GTech; and Shri Renjith Ramanujan, CEO GTech also spoke on the occasion. Infopark houses around 200 companies which collectively employ close to 24,000 IT professionals.