Kerala is an investor friendly and environment friendly state, where your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. The south-western state in the Republic of India, Kerala is also known as God's Own Country. This scenic state is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and the majestic Western Ghats in the east. Known for its pleasant climate and unique topography, the lush green landscape punctuated by rivers, backwaters, beaches and hills, sets it apart from the great Indian landmass.
Being a most advanced society in the country, Kerala with highest literacy rate in country, highest life expectancy, least population growth, lowest infant mortality, is not surprisingly, has been adopted by the world bodies as a role model for developing countries. The skilled manpower that makes use of the opportunities of the global economy makes Kerala a human resource pool. A variety of quality educational and research institutions ensure abundant supply of quality manpower, whatever be the sphere of business activity.
Kerala is a 100% literate and a 100% Digital state.
Kerala Fact File:
||Southwestern tip of India
||38, 863 sq.km
||33,387,677 (Census 2011)
||Malayalam (Official Language),English (widely spoken & business language)
||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
||GMT + 5.30
|| Govt. Offices – 10.00 am to 05.00 pm
Banking Hours - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on all working days except Saturday (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Kerala offers one of the best world Class Infrastructures. The state provides high international connectivity and instant data transfer facilities. Investment bases like Technopark and IT investment zone provides an in-campus dedicated satellite earth station offering global information links that are quite inexpensive. Kerala is one of the only two locations in India where both the optic fibre submarine cables SEA-ME-WE-3 and SAFE converge, giving superb global connectivity at unbelievably low rates. Besides these, Kerala has the highest tele-density and the highest penetration of optic fibre cable in the country. Vallarpadam, the country’s first and only International Container Transshipment Terminal. A 5 Mn Tonne capacity LNG Terminal and Gas Pipeline infrastructure is under construction.
In order to promote the core competency areas of Kerala, dedicated sector-specific industrial parks are rapidly being set up across the State. These parks offer walk-in-and-manufacture environments with state-of-the-art infrastructure, thereby enabling a hassle-free start-up for industries in the state. Besides, Kerala is the only state in the country with a legislature for statutory Single Window Clearance in order to attract investments into the state.
Compared to other competitive locations, Kerala offers low operating costs for start-up in the state. It is almost as low as 75% in walk-in-and-manufacture environments like the Technopark and Infopark. Low rentals, power, water and transport tariffs keep operating costs minimal for industrial units located in the state.
Infrastructure scenario in Kerala
Special Economic Zones:
|Sector and Status
National Highways: 1534.45 km
State Highways: 4341.6 km
Major District Roads: 18900 km
Total : 2,19,805 km
- Implementation of the Kerala State Transport Project comprising highway upgradation in two phases of 254 km (phase I) and 326 km (phase II)
- Construction of 48 out of 65 rail over bridges approved by the railways for Kerala
- Development of 290 km of roads under various schemes
Total rail length of 1148 kms, 13 routes and 200 railway stations
- The 4.62 km long Vallarpadam railway bridge, the longest in India. Commissioned in 2010, the bridge connects the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal to the rest of Indian Railway network.
- Initiating the development of the integrated railway coach factory at Kanjikode for which the state government has allotted 426 acres of land. The work on the coach factory in Palakkad is progressing with the project being taken up as PPP.
- Introduced the MEMU trains servicing major railway stations.
Three airports operating at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode
|Proposed development of airport at Kannur on PPP basis
One major port (Cochin Port) under the government of India and 17 minor ports under the state government.
- Proposed development of the minor ports at Thangassery, Azhikkal and Beypore on PPP basis
- Development of the Rs. 6000 crore Vizhinjam International Deepwater Port on PPP basis
|Inland water transport
41 navigable rivers in Kerala with total length of inland waterways being 1687 km
|Declaration of the Kollam – Kottapuram stretch of the West Coast Canal along with Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals (total of 205 km) as the National Waterway 3
Installed generation capacity of 2,746 MW with public sector accounting for 90% of capacity
|Total additional capacity of around 419 MW through ongoing and proposed projects
Teledensity National: 75.48
|The state has a 15000-km long OFC chain which connects every one of the 1000-odd telephone exchanges
Special Economic Zone is followed by 24 others which are at various stages of completion. While some of them are specialty products such as Technopark Phase-II, Kinfra Biotechnology park, Kalamasserry, Kochi and Inforpark, Kochi, some others are multi-products. The excellent airport and seaport connectivity makes doing business in the SEZs in Kerala all the more attractive.
The government of Kerala has identified 26 areas of growth for the Kerala economy. The selection of the ‘Focus Areas’ is based on the potential for growth, availability of enabling factors such as availability of raw material, human resource pool, marketing growth, export opportunities and availability of infrastructure facilities. While selecting the sector, the government has ensured that they would help enhance the State’s image as a developing knowledge economy and that the new investment would in no way harm the clean and green environment the State has.