Subsequent to Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar announcement for setting up medical devices and pharma parks in Gujarat, Gujarat government has finally identified and allocated the land for the same at Sanand near Ahmedabad.
Detailed Project Report (DPR) has also been submitted and a favourable response has been awaited on the same from the Centre, informed an official associated with the development.
The Centre has been mulling for quite some time now for setting up the medical devices park in Gujarat in a bid to make India self-reliant in the sector. Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers had in the past sought cooperation from the state government to implement the project and the latter responded positively in terms of providing land for them.
Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) commissioner Dr H G Koshia said, “Getting land is a positive development in this direction. A medical device park is also very much relevant for Gujarat as the state has the largest number of 135 licensed medical device companies as against 240 in the entire country which are nurtured by Gujarat FDCA with an exemplary approach and has received recognition in the country.”
He explained government's plan to set up medical device parks will bring about quality, compliance and provide cost effectiveness in the industry by providing infrastructure to boost medical device manufacturing in India.
“NIPER Ahmedabad is also being developed as a national centre of excellence for medical devices which will provide a conducive environment to nurture innovators and industry to further the vision of quality medical device manufacturing in the country through synergies with the government and other stake holders,” Koshia added.
The creation of manufacturing park for medical devices is the need of the hour as medical devices manufacturing requires certain high investment facilities which are too capital intensive for individual manufacturers to invest upon. A park with in-house high investment scientific facilities would help manufacturers reduce the cost of manufacturing by more than 40 per cent to 50 per cent.
Currently, due to lack of such centrally located common facilities, manufacturers do not undertake production of technologies and therefore send their products abroad for process up-gradation and value addition.
This will also help facilitate to create an ecosystem for manufacturing of high end medical device manufacturing aimed at import substitution and export opportunities and would be a major boost to SMEs.
Meanwhile, Andhra Med Tech Zone (AMTZ), a company established under government of Andhra Pradesh has also received approval for funding by the state cabinet for setting up a dedicated medical device park at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
A dedicated medical devices park would be of immense help in reducing import dependency, increasing export while generating wealth and employment within the country.