Treatment plant to ease pollution woes in Baddi

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: May 8 2010, 20:49pm hrs
Saturday would see the roll out of one of the biggest-ever cleaning act for an industrial belt at the pharma hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh, in Himachal Pradesh. The project that includes a combined waste water treatment system, a common effluent treatment plant and bigger roads will ensure products from the units do not fall short of global medicine producing standards, a problem that has plagued companies like Ranbaxy at neighbouring Paonta Sahib.

The projectIndustrial Infrastructure Upgradation Schemewill be inaugurated by commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma. An in-principle approval for setting up of the common effluent treatment plant has already been given. The CETP is likely to cost around Rs 50 crore at the Pharmaceuticals & Allied Industries Cluster, Baddi, Barotiwala, district Solan. This will be the first project under the IIUS in Himachal Pradesh. The spin offs will be for 1,000 registered industrial units, employing over 5,000 people.

IIUS was launched in 2003 as a central sector scheme to enhance international competitiveness of the domestic industry by providing quality infrastructure through PPP in existing functional clusters. The scheme is implemented through an SPV at the individual cluster level to ensure that the infrastructure upgradation/development is user-driven.

A site of 126 bighas has already been set aside at village Kenduwala for the plant. Apart from the CETP, the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority has also received an in-principle approval under the scheme for widening of three internal roads as well as setting up of a skill development center in Baddi. The project for upgradation of facilities has been approved in-principle with a cost of Rs 70.54 crore, including a central grant of Rs 58.20, state governments Rs 5.27 crore & user industry contribution of Rs 7.07 crore.

Giving details about the development, a senior official of the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Industries Association told FE that an SPV will soon be floated by BBNIA for the CETP and the detailed project report will be submitted within four months.

The SPV will comprise of industry members from the region, nominated directors from the government, consultants will be appointed. Work is likely to begin within six months of submission of the project report. The project is expected to be complete in two years from the date when construction begins, he said.