Management allowed to visit pharma plants in Baddi once a week
NEW DELHI: Managing directors and other senior executives of pharmaceutical units located in Baddi will now be able to visit the plants as Asia’s largest pharma hub located in Himachal Pradesh looks to resume operations to full capacity after it had to curtail operations upon being declared a containment zone.
Visit allowed alphabetically
The district magistrate of Solan issued an order allowing the visits of senior management personnel once a week, albeit with caveats. Companies with names starting from A-D will be permitted such visits on Mondays, those from E-H will be allowed visits on Tuesdays, and so on through the week.
According to the order, the visiting executives will have to download the Aarogya Setu app and update information on a daily basis.
As reported earlier, 50 pharmaceutical manufacturing units had to suspend their operations in Baddi while others had to significantly scale down their operations after the region was declared a containment zone, raising concerns about the shortage of medicines in the country.
The multi-crore pharmaceutical industry in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) hub has 323 manufacturing units. While 49 units are non-operational, the rest were running at abysmally low capacity. Other than in the BBN region, the Solan district has 45 units, out of which only 30 are functional.