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During seventies, following scientific debate, strong feeling was generated in developed Countries that studies on microbial agents particularly viruses needed much better facilities, more care and caution to avoid health hazard to the laboratory personnel as well as to the population in general. Newer diseases caused by unknown as well as known pathogens were emerging and re-emerging in different places and geographical areas. Due to these concerns, in 1978, the Department of Science and technology (Government of India) suggested creation of containment laboratories under ICMR. The council decided that this facility should be developed as independent national facility under National Institute of Virology, Pune. The Planning Commission sanctioned small amount of token money for setting up of such a laboratory. NIV acquired about 27 acres of land in on the outskirts of the city at Pashan, Pune. Road and compound wall were constructed. Water, electricity was obtained from far off places. It took serious effort and considerable time to develop the land.

As there was no expertise in the country to set up containment laboratory, two scientists of NIV visited some of the existing high security laboratories in Britain and USA . With the help of other experts in the country a plan for creation of such a laboratory was developed. An Expert Committee was constituted to guide and advise on establishment of Microbial Containment Complex (high containment facility). The committee suggested phasing out of construction activity. In first phase, it was planned to create the facilities that did not require advanced expertise and competence to erect them.

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