Seven industrial houses to set up biotech industries

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 19 (UNI) Science and Technology Minister Dyurodhan Majhi told the state Assembly today that at least seven industrial houses have expressed interest in setting up biotechnology-based industries in the state.

Replying to a question of Tara Prasad Bahinipati(Cong), the minister said that a Bio-Tech Pharma-IT Park was being set up on Public Private Partnership(PPP) mode at Andharua on the outskirts of the state capital, over 64.860 acres of land.

Mr Majhi said that the Science and Technology department had already taken advance possession of the land.

The Park, he said, would offer multi-tenanted Modular Wet Labs, Loaded Wet Labs, Built to suit plots, Bare shell Space and warm shell space.

A bio-tech incubator would be set up in the region, over around 10 acres of land. Research, development, production and processing work would be conducted in the incubator.

The government planned to provide 68.860 acres of land to selected Private developers on 75 years lease.

After acquisition of land, a bio-tech related industry corridor would be developed which would be used for bio-tech production, processing and preparation.

''Land acquisition process for the purpose was on,'' the minister said and added, ''The process for the selection of private developers for the development of Bio-Tech Pharma IT Park through global bidding had begun.

The Minister said a work plan, based on inputs provided by various research centres, universities and educational institutions had been sent to the Union government for the release of fuhds for the Biotech incubation centre.

The Rs two crore received from the Union government for the development of basic infrastrcture was given to Industrial Development Corporation, he said.


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