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KPGA prepares master plan for pharma village near proposed Sabarimala Airport in Kerala

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Monday, September 20, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Kerala Pharmacy Graduates Association (KPGA), in association with industry and enforcement officials, is preparing a master plan for a 'Pharma Village' in Kerala and it will be submitted to the government after this year's Pharmacy Week Celebration.

The strategic master plan aims for a pharma park of international standards and facilities for a NIPER like academic institution and research center in addition to supporting industries, says Mathew Kokkadu, KPGA spokesperson and managing director of the Kokkadu Pharmaceuticals.

According to him, the association finds an ideal location for the pharma village near the proposed Sabarimala Airport at the Cheruvalli Estate in Kottayam district, but the land is in dispute over its ownership which is under the consideration of the court.

"We have been actively working on the project plan which is about to complete next week. Considering the high potential of the state in the consumption of medicines, hundreds of investors can be attracted to the project. All possibilities will be apprised to the government through the master plan," said Kokkadu.

KPGA is preparing the project plan on the lines of the pharma cluster projects implemented in Karnataka and in Uttarakhand. The project of KPGA earmarks an area of 1,000 acres of land for the pharma village. The project planners think that the proximity of the Cheruvalli Estate to the Manimala river will solve the water problems. Once the project is commissioned, it will generate employment opportunities for one lakh people directly and indirectly. Apart from formulation units and APIs, supporting industries of pharma manufacturing can also be accommodated in the area, says Kokkadu.

He said this cluster project will solve one challenge faced by the pharmacy institutions in Kerala with regard to industry training for their students during their course time. Many of the students are going to other states for training. If the vision of KPGA is realised, the industry-academia relation can be ensured in Kerala permanently.

Purushothaman Namputhiri, president of KPMA said government should come forward to support and incentivize the existing units which have to be modernized for quality products.

 

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