Following the announcement by Infosys CEO and MD Vishal Sikka to convert its Mysuru (old name Mysore) campus as a model Smart City, the company is introducing some 250-300 new additional features in the campus which it hopes to complete by April this year.
Te Bengaluru-based company has already used the latest technologies in infrastructure management as well as building construction for the sprawling 340 acre campus which has got 12 million square feet built up area including the largest classical monolithic building in post independent India measuring around one million square feet.
After I met the Prime Minister and announced plans to concert our Mysore campus as a model smart city for the nation, there is a list of around 250-300 things that our team has proposed to introduce in the campus between now and April. Now we are adding all kind of things such as getting rid of gas emission, zero waste to landfill, stopping the use of cars and making it completely digital, Sikka told Business Standard.
The construction of Infosyss Mysuru campus started in 2001. Considered as the largest training facility in the country, it can train 15,000 people at a time. The campus also has 16,000 software development seats, 10,000 rooms and 14,500 beds for the trainees including all digital classroom and library facility.
This is a normal practice of sharing knowledge and we take pride in inviting people to demonstrate the facility as the government plans to launch smart cities across the country, said Ramdas Kamath, Executive VP of Infosys.
Kamath said most of the elements that is required for a smart city such as green building, accessibility, building management system, seamless security service and resource management have already been used in the campus. There are certain new things which we are planning to retrofit. Today, the Smart City concept has become so popular that everybody has started talking about it and come out with new ideas. For examples, today morning I got a mail from somebody who has proposed to put beehives in the campus so that pollination happens, added Kamath who heads Facilities, Administration, Security and Sustainability at Infosys.
Following his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka had announced its commitment to develop its Mysuru campus as a 'smart city and to offer its expertise in the areas of smart infrastructure planning and sustainable building technology to the Ministry of Urban Development.
Some recent news reports said that the government is also now seeking the suggestions of Infosys and architect Hafeez Contractor to develop model architectural plan for setting up new IITs and IIMs.
Source: Business Standard
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