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


The union government announced on Friday that the 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.

This comes after the Ministry of Textiles announced the establishment of the textile parks on October 21, 2021 after it was announced in the Union budget for 2021-2022. States that had expressed interest included Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Punjab had previously sought a park near Ludhiana’s Mattewara forest but scrapped the proposal after protests over environmental concerns.

“PM MITRA’s mega textile parks will boost the textile sector in line with the 5F vision (Farm to Fiber to Factory to Fashion to Foreign). I am pleased to inform Prime Minister MITRA mega textile parks will 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.

“PM MITRA’s mega textile parks will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for the textile sector, attract millions of investments and create thousands of jobs,” added Modi.

India’s textile and apparel exporters complain that a largely fragmented supply chain and higher logistics costs are pushing up production costs, one reason why export orders are steadily moving to countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam.

These megaparks, textile manufacturers say, could help return textile orders as a result of a planned integrated textile value chain – including spinning, weaving and processing – in a single location.

Mint had reported that about 13 states had submitted 18 proposals for the textile park, but Punjab did not meet the criteria to grant 1,000 acres of land free of lawsuits/encumbrance. Madhya Pradesh had sent four proposals, and Maharashtra and Karnataka sent two each and the government planned to select one proposal from each state.

Joanna Swanson

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