J&K to get its first ever biotech park soon

The project worth Rs 100 crore would not only bring much-needed positive attention to the state of Jammu and Kashmir but also the adjoining regions of North India. It is expected to get operational in next 18 months

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New Delhi: The Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office (MoS PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh discussed the establishment of biotechnology park in Jammu and Kashmir with Minister for Science & Technology, Sajad Gani Lone recently. The Biotech Park project coming up near Kathua in Jammu. The project shall be the first of its kind in the state.

Dr Singh told Lone that the Biotech Park will be a game changer not only for Jammu & Kashmir “but for the entire northern part of the country. He said this would be the first park of its kind in North India after the one that exists in Lucknow.

Dr Singh said the approval for the project was given last year by the Union Ministry of Science & Technology and there was some hassle regarding the land clearance for which the Union Ministry of Environment was approached and guidelines were suitably modified. “As it is now, the project is through for construction at a budget of around Rs 100 crore in the first phase which is expected to be completed within 18 months, following which the park will become functional.”

Mr Lone discussed wide range of other issues pertaining to various development projects and new initiatives planned for the State, an official handout said. He assured the union minister of full cooperation from Department of Science & Technology, J&K, and offered to coordinate with the Department of Biotechnology, Union Ministry of Science and Technology in completing the prestigious project. He said, he will personally monitor the project so that it gets completed in time.

Appreciating Dr Singh for “getting the first-ever Biotech Park for the State, Lone said this will create not only a new era of development but will also prove to be an important source of revenue generation and employment generation in the state.”