In Kerala, an IT Park, owned and operated by a workers' cooperative!

Bangalore, january 29, 2014: UL Cyberpark,  the first IT park in the  Kozhikode ( Calicut) region of Kerala state has the distinction of being owned and operated by a cooperative of   contract labourers, dating back to 1921  -- the Uralungal Labour Contract Coop Society.
The  3 million sq. feet-plus  IT Park is a green building and LEED certified IT Park developed as  an IT/ITES Special Economic Zone.   The 10 storey project  costing Rs 600 crore ( Rs 6 billion) was designed  by renowned architect  Nikken Sekkei and is ready to take new occupants.
UL Cyberpark CEO Ajith Kumar and  Chierf Operating Officer Lt Cdr( retd) S. Arun  were on hand in Bangalore at the media event where the state IT Minister  PK, Kunhalkutty  launched the promotional activities of the park. ( see our main story)
It is only one of the innovative initiatives of the cooperative  society which also runs:

  • UL Technology Solutions  which since 2012, has bween providing geospatial solutions to government and private agencies.
  • The Sargalaya Craft Village which  provides a platform for tourists from across the world to visit and understand the handicraft trade in Kerala  and
  • The ULCC Foundation  which  focuses on providing palliative care  for the aged as well as student education support.    Link to park