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Proposed Tindivanam pharma park to generate more production units

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The pharmaceutical manufacturers and marketers in Tamil Nadu hope that the proposed pharma park project at Tindivanam will bring more new production units at the park site which will be set up in a cluster form with all infrastructure and other supporting facilities.

It is further learnt that with the arrival of the formulation park, the number of pharmaceutical marketers in entire South India will also go up. This will strengthen the production of drugs and pharmaceuticals and pave way for availability of quality medicines in the market.

Simultaneously, the Union territory of Pondicherry is also going ahead with a pharma park project and it is expected that it will in turn support the Tamil Nadu pharma industry as many of the industrial units in the union territory are owned and managed by members of the TN IDMA. The association consists of members from Pondicherry and Kerala apart from Tamil Nadu.

There is reason for the industry people in Tamil Nadu to become happy as the Ministry of MSME under the state government is very much supportive to the pharmaceutical sector and it is working hard to realize the pharma park project at Tindivanam in Villupuram district, near Chennai. According to IDMA, the industry department is also giving full support to the park project to make it a reality as early as possible. TN IDMA is expecting the government approval at any time from now.

J Jayaseelan, chairman of the association said it is the MSME ministry that has given the proposal to the government after identifying the land and infrastructure.

The proposal is pending with the government. An announcement is expected soon. Congratulating Arun Rai, secretary of MSME who recommended the proposal to the government, the IDMA chairman said they are expecting the announcement from the government this week itself.

R Sreenivasan, secretary of Pondicherry drug manufacturers association said the UT government is aggressively working for the approval of the park from the union government and it is expected very soon. He said the pharma industry in the territory is growing fast after the Covid pandemic. He also said the number of manufacturers will increase once the pharma park project is fulfilled.

Meanwhile, M Rajaratinam, managing director of MMC Healthcare in Chennai, who has a plant in Pondicherry, said manufacturing units can benefit out of the pharma park as they will get subsidies. He said the concept of the pharma parks in Pondicherry and in Chennai is in cluster form where common analytical lab, common ETP, common STP and common warehousing facility will be set up.

However TN IDMA finds that there be some technical bottleneck for Pondicherry project as it will take more than one year to fullfill the fundamentals of the pharma park. But Tamil Nadu pharma park project will be realised in another six months, says Jayaseelan.


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