Though the environment of our conflict-ravaged state is not apt for Start ups, it is unfriendly to the budding businessmen but even then two emerging entrepreneurs have proved their mettle by taking risks and setting start-up businesses in Kashmir.
Gowhar Wani and Aadil Ashraf belong to the new breed of entrepreneurs who are all ready to fight the plague in the industrial sector that kills the spirit of enterprise in Kashmir. Connectivity issues like bad roads, internet bandwidth or bureaucratic hassles always come in the way.
While Gowhar Wani is in the middle of setting up a state-of-the-art health product manufacturing unit in Kashmir, Aadil Ashraf, is going to start production of medicated and surgical cotton in his newly established manufacturing unit in the Lassipora industrial area.
He is in his thirties and hails from Wasura village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir. He already owns a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit in Uttarakhand but the urge to contribute towards society and make a positive change brought Wani back to Kashmir.
Gowhar has invested a lot of capital to start his manufacturing unit at the Lassipora industrial park in the Pulwama district. According to him, Kashmir has a natural environment with low humidity and temperature which is highly favourable for manufacture of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. His project is being financed by the J&K Bank.
With a determination to move ahead, Gowhar’s aim of starting this unit in Kashmir was to manufacture quality health products which comply with Word Health Organisation standards. He wanted to see change and make a success story of a start up in Kashmir.
After securing finance from banks, he is almost ready to start production of medicated and surgical cotton in his newly established manufacturing unit in the Lassipora industrial area. As per Adil, with the kind of environment the valley has, starting a new business is a risk but he knows that there is a lot of potential and market for surgical cotton within the state and he is ready to take the risk.
Adil has initially planned to cater to local needs and then send it to Ladakh and other regions.