No one from the Left opposition turned up at the inauguration of the project, which aims to make Kerala a prime IT destination in the world, even though Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan was one of the high-profile invitees.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF), led by Communist Party of India-Marxist, views Chief Minister Oomen Chandy as heading a corrupt government that has recently been buffeted by the 'bar bribery scam' and the 'solar scam'.

The project – in which state government has 16 percent share and TECOM Investments, a subsidiary of Dubai Holdings 84 percent share – has deepened and strengthened the relations between Kerala and UAE, said Chandy.

Present at the inauguration were UAE's Cabinet Affairs Minister and Dubai Holdings chairman Mohammed Al Gargawi, Dubai Holdings vice chairman and managing director Ahmad Binbyat, and other officials of the state government and Dubai Holdings.

In the first phase, 5,500 new jobs would be created and 27 information technology (IT) companies have already taken 75 percent of the leasable space.

"Today is a proud moment for all of us as our dream project has become a reality and this project is a lesson for our development initiative. Once the second and third phase of the project is ready by 2020, a record 90,000 jobs will be there," said the chief minister.

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