NOIDA: In what could help scale NCR based technology industries and small and medium scale operators to a global platform by offering a gateway for linkages and scale, the World Trade Center, Noida, is expected to go fully operational in three years, by 2020. The World Trade Center, Noida is the biggest WTC in the world yet, at 44 acres. The one second to it is located in Beijing, China at 43 acres.
Talking to TOI, Scott D. Ferguson, CEO, World Trade Centers Association, USA, presently visiting India, said, “Noida has been earmarked for a WTC over other parts of NCR as it has been mapped as a high growth region. The Noida World Trade Centre is expected to be a gateway for trade and commerce for rest of Uttar Pradesh as well as northern part of India.”
WTC, Noida is being developed as an integrated building which combines work, business, residency and retail spaces. The architecture is a mix of lateral low-rise apartments and high rises. The design for World Trade Centre has emerged from a mix of ideas generated from a global architectural design competition. The final design has emerged from entries sent by 67 countries.
The real estate development of the project is being done commercial real estate developer, Viridian Red. The building is going to comprise residential areas for a work-life combination system. Spaces have been marked for exhibitions, shopping, food courts, wellness centres and cultural exchange spaces. The tallest building in this expansive structure will be the Signature Tower, a 19-story building.
“Noida is the fastest developing area of NCR region, despite the slowdown, Noida has surpassed expectations year on year. This is perhaps why we chose Noida over other NCR cities to set up the WTC,” Khair Ull Nissa, Executive Director, Verbind, (the operation wing of the WTC) said. Verbind is at the helm of creating the facilities, linkages and ecosystems that a World Trade Centre provides to its members.
The licensing for operation and setting up of all World Trade Centres, globally are controlled by its headquarters in New York, USA. The expansive global business and trade hub at Tech Zone 1, Greater Noida, has recently opened doors to Chinese mobile company Vivo. Partial occupancy has also been offered to a set of venture startups. One of the most expensive real estate structure of the World Trade Centers in the world, the Noida building is estimated to cost Rs1000 crore for construction.
In the first phase, which is complete and operational, two eight story towers (7.5 lakh sqft) are absorbed by Vivo a Chinese mobile company. Two towers, Tec 1 and Tec 2 these are fully operational and have multi-tenant offices, serviced offices and retail spaces. The first phase is complete and is 30% of the total structure. The second phase of construction of WTC is in progress.
Commenting on the expanse of the WTC, Khair Ull Nissa further stated: “The scope and nature of operations of the World Trade Centre has altered with time. The way people work, live and do business has changed. This building is not just a business center, but an entire hub for doing business at an international level, inclusive of work and life.” WTC, Noida will also host a set of residences to suit needs of entrepreneurs who may choose to live close to their work.