With an aim to make Telangana a strong and broad-based platform for pharma, biotech and other allied sectors, the state government of Telangana has directed the officials of Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC), industries, healthcare, drug control department and other concerned authorities from pharma sector to draw short term and long term plans for expediting the construction of the ongoing Pharma City project in the state.
During a recent review of the Pharma City project, K Taraka Rama Rao, minister for industries and information technology, government of Telangana, said that the Pharma City project is a unique and never before thought of a project by any of the state governments in the entire country.
“The state government of Telangana has initiated the Pharma City project, keeping in view the short term and long term requirements of the healthcare industry. The project is being taken up over an area of 19,000 acres and it is going to be one of the world’s best integrated pharmaceutical clusters and I am sure this project will secure the city of Hyderabad a special place in the international pharmaceutical arena. For speeding up this project, we have decided to take up the development works by keeping in both the long term and short term requirements of the sector and accordingly suitable plans will be drawn so that the pace of development of the project can be accelerated,” said the Industries Minister.
Pointing to the current crisis of COVID-19 healthcare emergency situation across the globe, the minister hoped that the Pharma City should become the platform for designing new drugs and vaccines for the deadly spreading coronavirus. “At this hour of healthcare emergency, it is the right time for the pharmaceutical sector to utilize the opportunity and take advantages of the government support and gift us a vaccine to defeat the COVID-19 disease. I wish, the Pharma City in Hyderabad should become a platform for the development of this vaccine for the highly contagious deadly virus,” hoped the minister.
As Hyderabad is already having a strong base for the bulk drugs and life sciences sector, the Industries minister directed the TSIIC officials to submit short term and long term time lines of development of the project and sought to know if the gigantic Pharma City project can be completed in a span of 5 years time period.
As part of the development plan of the international standard integrated pharmaceutical cluster, the Pharma City project is designed to accommodate not just the core pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, but also will accommodate a residential township for those working in the pharma companies. In addition to it, the Pharma City will also accommodate a university for life sciences, pharma research and development facilities with an extensive green cover to protect the environment from possible industrial pollution.
However, the officials from TSIIC noted that already the works of first phase of Pharma City project are on the verge of completion and expected to inaugurate the first phase of the project in a few months to come.