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Kakkanad (Malayalam: കാക്കനാട്) is a region in the city of Kochi, in the Kerala, India. It is also the administrative headquarters of the District of Ernakulam (of which the city of Kochi forms a part).
In the democratic local government (the Panchayat), Kakkanad is part of Thrikkakara Municipality. Kakkanad is situated in the east part of the city, in the District of Ernakulam. The district Panchayat office is located in Kakkanad.
Kakkanad is located near Thrikkakara, the capital of the mythical King Mahabali.
In verse 273 of Naṉṉūl, a 13th-century book on Tamil grammar, Sankara Namasivayar recites a venpa that describes the twelve districts of Tamil Nadu where Koduntamil is spoken, as Thenpandi Nadu, Kutta Nadu, Kuda Nadu, Karka Nadu, Venadu, Poozhi Nadu, Pandri Nadu, Aruva Nadu, Aruva Vadathalai, Seetha Nadu, Malai Nadu and Punal Nadu. Karka Nadu is believed to be a reference to Kakkanad.
Being the administrative hub of Ernakulam district, Kakkanad is home for several state as well as central government offices namely, the Civil Station (hosting The District Collectrate, The RTO etc.), the District Panchayat office, the Airman Selection Board etc., Siksha Bhavan (office of the Central HRD Ministry).
Kakkanad is home for a portion of the industrial base of Kochi. It is home for the Cochin Special Economic Zone(CSEZ). Carborundum Universal Limited has a unit near the technopolis. Industrial projects[specify] like Fashion City are proposed in Kakkanad. This has led to several builders[who?] setting up projects[which?] here.
Being the IT area of Kochi, Kakkanad is home for the second largest IT industrial park in Kerala, the Kochi InfoPark, and also for the upcoming as well as the largest IT industrial township in the state, the Kochi SmartCity. Kakkanad is also home for a Software Export Promotion Zone (SEPZ). The international submarine cable systems landing in Kochi has their nodes installed in Kakkanad. The CSEZ houses the Muthoot Technopolis which is occupied by The Cognizant Technology Solutions, Williamslea and the Sutherland Global Solutions.
Kakkanad is also the broadcasting hub of Kochi. It is home for the terrestrial relay station of the national television broadcaster, the Doordarshan. Prasar Bharati, the corporation controlling the public broadcast, has a marketing division at Kakkanad. Kakkanad also hosts the state-owned Kochi FM Radio. Red FM Regional office is also at Kakkanad on Seaport - Airport Road, near Infopark express way.
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