Kochi | SmartCity Kochi CEO Gigo Joseph has resigned citing personal reasons. The decision of my resignation had taken earlier and informed the concerned. I remained in the office following a request from the government to continue in the post till the Aruvikkara by-election, he said.
The resignation had been accepted by the Board of Directors, he said adding that he had submitted his resignation from the Board of Directors on June 23, citing personal reasons.
The meeting of the Board of Directors held on June 24 decided to accept my resignation. The Board members asked me to continue till the inauguration of the first IT complex which is 95 percent completed. But I requested the board to relieve me at the earliest owing to personal reasons, and the board accepted, he added.
He said that he was happy that he could bring alive the project which remained in limbo for about eight years.
When I started, all we had was a barren patch of land which did not even have connectivity to the main road. The project did not have SEZ approval or environmental clearance. In record 24 months, a Lead platinum building of 6.5 lakh square feet was developed along with adjacent campus infrastructure such as the 1st bridge, internal roads of 3.7 km, Power receiving and distribution system, Water receiving and distribution system etc. Developing campus infrastructure was critical to attract multi-nationals as our vision is to attract those companies to Kochi, he said adding that the further growth would be made in natural way.
The building was 95 percent completed and awaiting inauguration after Ramadan.
Gigo Joseph thanked the Government of Kerala and SmartCity board members for the support. He also thanked the employees for their dedication and hardwork to fulfil the dream project of Kerala. Gigo Joseph took over as CEO SmartCity Kochi in June, 2013 after a two-year stint as CEO of Infopark, Kochi.
Asked about his future plan, he said basically I come from technologies and am expecting to continue with technologies again.
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