Will Thampanoor Bus Terminal liberate from years old curse?

Thanks to the order issued by Pinarayi Government to shift Government offices to the building.

The government of Kerala has issued an order to shift the office of 10 government departments in the vaccant space in the bus terminal.

The office spaces in bus terminal building were expected to rent out immediately after the construction was over.

Names of some major private players in the field of textiles and clothing were being discussed as they would rent out the whole building.

Defying all the anticipations by the public and government the space was left unoccupied for years.

The construction and commissioning of this massive project was a golden feather in the cap of achievements of previous congress government led by Shri Oommen Chandy.

The construction of the project was in full swing during the last leg of the previous government to get it inaugurated and it turned out to be successful.

When the government has changed, the concerned officials were least interested in the project and the office spaces which spread over 10 floors got abandoned.

In fact, the building except the ground floor has become a safe place for anti-socialists.

As the bus terminal was fully operational and much facilitated than the previous one, the public was least concerned about the situation of the whole building and there were no issues or discussions regarding the same as the place is satisfying the needs of the common man along with a fully functional enquiry counter (04712323886) which provides details about all the KSRTC bus routes starting from the terminal and their timings.

In a future oriented order issued by the Pinarayi Government, 10 offices which are now occupying private spaces in various locations in the city will be shifted to thampanoor bus terminal building.

It is actually a boon for both the government departments as well as for KSFDC.

The spaces will be rented at a low rate of just Rs. 30 per sq.ft.

This move will also encourage other offices and shops to be opened in the vacant spaces.

Moreover, the biggest beneficiary is the public as people who are coming to these offices can get down at the bus terminal and get in.

Now the biggest issue is that the building is not equipped with lifts and escalators as it will be difficult for the common to walk through all the stairs to reach offices.

Hope the building will be installed with those as the offices get shifted to the building.

KSUM ties up with Singularity University to launch India Global Impact Challenge for startups

Marking the Earth Day on April 22, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and US-based Singularity University (SU) have joined hands to launch  Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in India,  inspiring startups to find solutions to address global challenges in Learning and Environment.

Singularity University (SU) is a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

The aim of the GIC is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.

Titled the “India Global Impact Challenge”, this aims to inspire solutions that address Learning and Environmental challenges. For Learning in particular, ideas that address skill shortage in emerging technologies and adoption of 21st century skill sets among the youth are invited.  For Environment, ideas related to solid waste management in urban and rural areas, air and water pollution in cities are required.

 “GIC gives a unique platform for innovators to come out with solutions to problems in two key sectors namely environment and education using modern technologies,”  said Dr Sji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM.

Applicants can submit ideas to solve these problems being faced by India and other developing countries.

The winner will be awarded the prize to attend the 10-week transformational SU Ventures Incubator Programme, starting in September, 2018.  The 10-week program will be fully sponsored and hosted in Silicon Valley. The goal for the program is to develop startups with a potential of making positive impact globally.

“It will provide an exciting platform for innovators across the nation to use their innovative skills to address these challenges in our society,” said Dr Saji  Gopinath.

 “One  of the unique capabilities of industry 4.0 is that they could  find affordable solutions to largescale social problems. These exponential technologies could be effectively used to address the  key problems of our society like pollution, water scarcity, food safety  illiteracy etc”,  he added.

The GIC finals will be a week-long event where startups and innovators across the country come forward with their innovative ideas and projects on exponential technology to make a global impact. It is expected to have more than 3000 ideas and participants from across the country. Industries which wish to be a part of GIC can contact at

akp@startupmission.in or  tom@startupmission.in

Deadline for application is May 31, 2018. Shortlist of startups will be announced on June 8, 2018 and a bootcamp for finalists will be held from July 2 to 6, 2018. The winners will be announced on July 7.

For more details, visit: india.gic@startupmission.in.

The KSUM is the apex organization of the Kerala Government for supporting startups.

Why the Packaged Drinking Water Project of Kerala Water Authority is getting delayed?

Is the main duty of Kerala water authority to bring water to every home through pipe line or in plastic bottles?

Has the packages drinking water project has been really been dropped?

According to the recent order by the authority, the project was stalled by the higher officials. This was actually revealed by malayalam manorama in their metro edition on 20th of April 2018.

The project launched in the year 2016 was aimed at providing low-cost packaged drinking water.

In a Consumer state like Kerala the packaged drinking water project was hugely welcomed by the public and it is expected to become an in demand product just like Milma.

After 2 years of initial work in to building the plant and implementing other final works for launching the project and when efforts were on for selecting a name for the brand, further works has been halted by the higher authorities .

The reason cited by the authority is that the main objective of the organisation is to bring clean water to the masses using traditional methods and maintaining hygeine.

Is this new order been issued in favour of companies which are on the sale and distribution of packages drinking water?

This is definitely a common doubt that comes in the mind of any individual.

But it is a fact that government has not withdrawn from this project and it hasn’t got hijacked in any manner.

The Hon. Minister himself Mathew T Thomas has told that the project is not yet dropped and it has been delayed due to the fufillment of some other immediate priorities in the authority. Moreover he has also informed that the project will be commissioned this year itself

The packaged drinking water project will definitely be a major source of income for the water authority, a government department reeling on the shortage of funds.

What do you think about t this developmen?. Do you smell any foul play?