Image The government is planning to set up dedicated pharma zones at airports and sea ports to facilitate import and export of pharmaceuticals, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, Drug Controller General of India Surendra Singh said .

The pharma zone would be initially set up at airports in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and would have dedicated area only for pharmaceutical products, Singh told reporters here.

The 'macro layout' had been deliberated upon, but the details would be taken up for discussion at a meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi shortly where all the stake holders including private developers, import-export traders, custom officials were expected to attend, he said.

The layout is expected to be frozen in June and it is up to the private developers to decide on the operationalising of the zone. Each zone is expected to require an investment of Rs seven crore per zone, he added.

Moreover, the zone would have facility to store drugs in cool temperature of 20-25 degrees to prevent of the pharmaceutical, he pointed out.

It would also have facilities for screening of drugs, a sampling area and would also house a port office for facilitating import and export of drugs, Singh said.