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Baddi is an industrial town and a Nagar panchayat in the Southwestern Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, a hill state of northern India. The town lies on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana states in the Shivalik Hills, around 35 kilometres west of Solan. Chandigarh, a union territory and the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, is around 40 kilometres west of Baddi.
Baddi in the Solon district of Himachal Pradesh is emerging as the pharmaceutical industry capital of India. More than half of India's pharmaceutical production, mainly formulations, would originate from Himachal Pradesh in few years as 200 odd medium and large-scale units are coming up in and around Baddi.
The fortunes of Baddi began to change with the visit of the then Prime Minister to Uttranchal and Himachal Pradesh during March 29 and 31, 2002, where he announced tax and central excise concessions to attract investments to special category states.
The major attractions for investors included 100 per cent outright excise duty exemption for a period of ten years from the date of commencement of commercial production (the past budget stipulated it to industries starting on or before 31 March 2010), 100 per cent income tax exemption for an initial period of five years and thereafter 30 per cent for companies for a further period of five years, capital investment subsidy of 15 per cent on plant and machinery subject to a ceiling of Rs 30 lakhs, applicable also to existing units.
The schemes are also available for existing units going in for expansions. The identified thrust sectors included non-polluting pharma and herbal products. Besides, the State Government also announced a slew of attractive investment schemes, including single window clearance for projects.
The major investors at Baddi include Alkem Laboratories Ltd with a Rs 60- crore investment plan for a new formulations plant, USV Limited with two manufacturing facilities and an investment of 80 crore, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dr. Reddys Ltd, Indoco Remedies with a Rs 25-crore tablets, creams and medicated toothpaste facility, Bangalore-based Bal Pharma with a Rs 20-crore tablets and capsuling facility and Unichem Labs with two new plants at an investment of Rs 40 crore and Rs 32 crore. Unichem is already operating a betalactum plant in Baddi. The Delhi-based Promed is investing Rs 25 crore and the Hyderabad-based Pulse Pharma with another Rs 6 crore facility. Morepan Laboratories, which started two units at Rs 60 crore and Rs 50 crore (bulk drug) about two years ago, is further developing a Rs 20 crore biotech research project with US collaboration. The town also saw MNC like Colgate Palmolive, Procter and Gamble, Hindustan Unilever, Cadburys, Johnson & Johnson setting up their manufacturing facilties. Baddi is an industrial centre of Himachal Pradesh, being part of an industrial corridor stretching from Barotiwala to Nalagarh along the western border of Solan district.
In the packaging sector, India's leading corrugated box manufacturing group Horizon Packs has set up their packaging unit Monad Technologies Pvt. Ltd. at Baddi. They are the largest corrugated manufacturers of this region.
A contour map of the Baddi belt shows just a series of undifferentiated blocks in a wide strip of land just off the foothills of the Himalayas. Closer home as one drives up to the most-discussed industrial belt just 40 km from Chandigarh, those blocks metamorphose into factories, mostly pharma but also manufacturing and IT. Many Indian companies were seeking to relocate operations to Baddi because of tax concessions being offered by the Central and State governments.
With the much-awaited Siswan-Baddi road thrown open to traffic, Chandigarh has come closer to Baddi, a major industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh. The 5.23 kilometres stretch, which establishes another direct road link between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, has been constructed in seven years. It will reduce the distance between Chandigarh and Baddi by 24 km. The stretch connects NH-21 in Punjab with NH-21A, on which Baddi and Shimla are located, in Himachal Pradesh. Now, Chandigarh commuters can take a shorter and wider road instead of the congested Panchkula-Pinjore road to reach Baddi and Shimla. They will reach Baddi after travelling 23 km via Majra and Siswan. Similarly, commuters from Mohali, Kharar, Kurali and other towns on NH-21 in Punjab will travel 47 km less to reach Baddi and Shimla
The Baddi industrial belt is the classic example of a sweet dream gone sour. It was brought into being by a massive tax incentive package in 2003, lately the tax holiday is extended beyond 2010 without bothering to develop the zone. The area has adequate power, a rarity in India, peaceful industrial climate and is close to the rich hinterland of Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar. But the most striking aspect, however, is the absence of any reasonably pucca road in the entire belt. And thanks to two decades of inaction—the first units set up shop here in 1991- the zone, which has become Asia’s largest pharmaceutical hub, could wither away as soon as the tax holiday goes. Lack of infrastructure and haphazard industrial development in this town, located in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, has given nightmares to investors and locals alike. Companies such as Omaxe, Amaravati, Shakun Infrastructure, Suncity projects are striving hard to find buyers for their housing complexes. The lackadaisical approach towards improvement of the inter-state connectivity has been an impediment in trade expansion by the industrial units.Unlike Dubai or Sharjah, this belt has earned the dubious distinction of making industry captains come out... n the roads to demand roads, housing for their workers and even hospitals before the employees did so. To prevent further overloading of the ecosystem in Baddi, it is planning to freeze new industrial establishments. And due to ever-expanding migrant labour force in the industrial belt, the area is slowly transforming into an unorganised slum. The number of migrant labourers is on the rise and since there is no provision for accommodation of the workers in majority of the industrial units they live in slums. Today there are over 800 medical and pharma companies alone in Baddi including giants like Cipla and Dabur. All information about Industries in Baddi can be found on BADDI ONLINE Industrial Directory.
Indian Government has decided to link this industrial township with a rail link to boost business in city. The fate of the proposed Chandigarh-Baddi rail link seems to be in doldrums as the project of the Northern Railways is caught in the land acquisition tangle. The construction work on the project, which was scheduled to commence by early 2010, has been severely hampered by problems in the process of land acquisition. Efforts are on to resolve the issue with the authorities in order to initiate the project. The final location survey for the project has already been conducted by the railway authorities to check the feasibility of the new line. The fact that the proposed rail line is facing roadblocks due to acquisition of land has been concurred by a senior railway official at the Chandigarh construction office.
Hospitals in Baddi
- ESIC MODEL HOSPITAL, VILLAGE KATHA, OPPOSITE GILLETE FACTORY BADDI
- ESI Dispensary located at 'Bhud' near Baddi University.
- Malhotra Superspeciality Hospital, Bhatoli Kalan, Baddi
- Sidhant Dental Clinic & Implant Center, Sai Road, BADDI
- Siddhant Nursing Home, Sai Road
- Bhardwaj Hospital, Sai Road
- NRI Hospital, Phase-3, Housing Board, Baddi.
- Bhojia Dental College and Hospital
- Drishti eye hospital, Sai road baddi
- Gupta Hospital, pinjore nalagarh road,near truck union Baddi
Baddi is also fast and emerging into one of the best educational Hub in Himachal Pradesh. Founded in 2000 as Center For Advance Studies in Engineering (CASE) society, is now incorporated as Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technologies(BUEST), a private university in the area with growing national and international presence. The university has an Engineering School, Business Management School and a Pharmacy School in Baddi. Apart from that a dental college (BHOJIA DENTAL COLLAGE) in the Bhud area. BIT(Baddi Institute of Technology)is an Institute which is providing quality education for the people living in this area as well providing early morning and late evening classes of IT courses for the employees working in Baddi, Barotiwala & Nalagrh Industrial area. Chitkara University Baddi provides various courses such as B.Tech, BCA etc. It is a reputed university. The major Institutes & Universities at BBN (Baddi, Barotiwala & Nalagarh) :-
- V.R.Senior Secondary Public School, Housing Board Phase- I & II, Baddi.
- IEC University, Mandhala, Baddi http://iecuniversity.com/
- ICFAI University, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh
- Sunaina Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Nalagarh
- Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technologies, Bhud.
- Govt. Senior Secondary School, Baddi.
- Govt. Senior Secondary School, Barotiwala.
- Govt. Senior Secondary School, Nalagarh.
- Surendra Public School, Nalagarh.
- Sri Aurobindo Public School, sai road baddi.
- B.L.Central Public School, Phase-III, Housing Board Colony, Baddi.
- Govt. Senior Secondary School, Manpura, Baddi.
- Govt. Senior Secondary School, Gullarwala.
- Chitkara University, Madhala, Baddi.
There are various of IT Sales & Service providers are available at Baddi. Due to be a part of nearby Hi-tech city Chandigarh; Baddi is not untouched with the Information Technology. New Universities have been opened producing more ITitians. Most of the localities are a part of Chandigarh Education also, that's why there are more and spontaneous aspects are available in IT sourcing. Another thing which makes the IT field strong in the city is the setup of Industrial Units. Today it is a very must need of each & every Industrial Part, Institutions, Organization, Government Departments (90% of Himachal Government Undertakings are Online), Banking & Trading etc. Some of the main Information Technology Service & Registered Sales Providers are as follow: