• 5 August 2008
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Himachal Pradesh: On the brass track

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Himachal Pradesh: On the brass track

The biotechnology park in Himachal Pradesh was initially proposed on 134 acres of land at Kotla Barog on Solan-Rajgarh Highway, 22 km from Solan and 8 km from University of Horticulture and Forestry-Nauni, Solan. However, based on the feed-back from the interested investors, the Biotechnology Park/BT Industrial Cluster will now be established at Aduwal on Nalagarh-Swarghat National Highway (around 7 km from Nalagarh and 40 km from Pinjore, 60 km from Chandigarh). The state government. has decided to develop this area as a leading biotechnology hub which will house biotechnology-based industries only. To start with, out of around 400 acres, 35 acres of land will be made available immediately whereas the rest of land will be provided in due course of time.

The state government. will provide basic infrastructure and other facilities like road, power, water and other amenities at the park site. The state government has also initiated efforts for providing basic facilities at the park site and the process of selection of private partner has also been initiated. DBT-GoI has allowed extension of the project until March, 2009 and the state government is committed to complete all required formalities so as to start working for establishment of the Park by the end of 2008.

Collaborations

The state government. has received offers from various investors from within India and abroad for collaborations for various projects. which are being examined at present. The state will soon come-up with open tender for selection of consultant and the private investors who may like to join hands with the government as primary promoter, collaborator, partner or a tenant in the park.

Investments

The state is expecting an investment of more than Rs 200 crore in the first phase of biotechnology park and as soon as the promoter is selected, the final details will be available. Besides above, several business houses have desired to invest in the Bt-related activities not only at BT Park site, but at other locations as well and the total investment will go quite high (approx. Rs 1000 crore).

Thrust areas

Biotechnology Incubation Centre (BTIC)
The BTIC will be funded by DBT-GoI and the State Government., but the private promoter will be responsible for its operation. As per sanctioned activities the BTIC will have total financial outlay of Rs 38.66 crore. The following activities will be undertaken in the first phase:

  • Tissue Culture and Hardening Facility

  • Commercial Cultivation and Processing of Aromatic Plants

  • Pilot cultivation of high value medicinal plants

  • Biofresh Project and Technology aided Food Processing.

Biotechnology Industrial Cluster
The biotechnology industrial cluster will be supported by BTIC and will house the industrial units related to core biotechnology activities. Although, the promotion of bioresource-based industries will be the main mandate, however, following thrust areas have also been identified:

  • Aromatic Oil, Medicinal Plant Formulations

  • Biofertilizers, Biopesticides, Biofuels, Vermicompost

  • Fermentation /Bioprocess derived products

  • Nutraceuticals, Herbal Concentrates and other health care products

  • Biopharmaceuticals, Biochemicals

  • Bioresource Utilization (Temperate Fruits, Off- season vegetables, Microbes, Mush rooms and other plants and animals)

  • Industrial Enzymes

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