Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation
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Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) is a government agency under the government of the Indian state of Kerala headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram. It undertakes development of industrial estates to nurture industrialization in the state. Dr. G.C.Gopala Pillai, the former CMD of FACT, Ernakulam was at its helm for the first 12 years and was instrumental in the growth of KINFRA as an industrial facilitator in the state of Kerala. It is now led by Mr. S. Ramnath, a protégé of Dr. Pillai.
Since its inception, KINFRA has mainly identified itself with land acquisition and development of industrial infrastructure in the form of parks, townships and zones. With the objective of boosting industrial growth, KINFRA has promoted the concept of theme parks, which have been set up for the exclusive growth and development of chosen and specified industrial sectors. Some of the theme parks already implemented by KINFRA include food processing parks, an apparel park, a film and video park, an export promotion industrial park, an information technology and electronics park as well as a herbal and ayurveda park.
The government has given special emphasis to promotion of the food processing industry due to the enormous development potential in the sector. In line with this policy, two food processing parks have already been set up by KINFRA, one at Kakkancherry in Malappuram district and the other at Mazhuvannur in Ernakulam district. A third food park, on about 85 acres (34 ha) of land at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district, is under implementation. KINFRA also has plans to develop a spices park at Idukki for the processing of spices.
Besides these, KINFRA has also set up small industries parks under the Integrated Infrastructure Development Scheme of the Government of India, catering exclusively to small scale industrial units in growing sectors in the state. Such small industries parks have been set up by KINFRA at Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Wayanad and Kasargod districts. Another park of its kind is being developed by KINFRA at Kunnamthanam in Pathanamthitta district.
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