Home/ Economy / TN, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP among states to get PM Mitra mega textile parks

The Union government on Friday said seven mega textile parks, under the 4,445 crore-PM Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM Mitra) scheme, will be set up in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

On 21 October 2021, the ministry of textiles had notified the setting up of the textile parks after the announcement in the Union budget for 2021-22.

“PM Mitra mega textile parks will boost the textiles sector in line with 5F (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign) vision. Glad to share that PM Mitra mega textile parks would be set up in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP and UP," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a social media post on Friday.

The PM Mitra mega textile parks will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for the sector, and attract investments of crores and create millions of jobs, Modi added.

“The parks have been set up taking into account the availability of raw material, water, power and investors‘ interest in mind. A special purpose vehicle owned by the Centre and state governments will be set up for each park which will oversee the implementation of the projects. These parks will create 2 million direct/indirect jobs and attract an estimated 70,000 crore of domestic and foreign investment," commerce minister Piyush Goyal said at a press briefing.

States that had shown interest include Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Rajasthan. Punjab had earlier sought a park near the Mattewara forest in Ludhiana, but backed out following protests over environmental concerns.

Textile and apparel exporters complained that a fragmented supply chain and high logistics costs has pushed up the production cost, which may have been one reason for export orders to steadily move to Bangladesh and Vietnam.

The mega parks, textile makers said, could help boost textile orders as a result of planned integrated textile value chain, comprising spinning, weaving and processing, at a single location.

Mint reported that about 13 states had sent 18 proposals for the textile parks, but Punjab did not fulfil the criteria of providing 1,000 acre of litigation/encumbrance-free land.

The textile ministry said in a statement that state governments will provide contiguous and encumbrance-free land of at least 1,000 acre and will also facilitate provision of all utilities, steady power supply and water availability as well as a waste water disposal system, an effective single clearance window and a conducive and stable industrial and textile policy.

The parks will have excellent infrastructure, plug and play facilities and training and research facilities, the ministry said. “With the realignment of global value chain and focus on friend shoring, India is on radar of investors. A scheme like PM Mitra will hasten the process of decision making for such investors in the favour of India," A Sakthivel, president, FIEO, said.

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Updated: 17 Mar 2023, 11:40 PM IST
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