In­dia: Waran­gal Tex­tile Park gets en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance from Cen­tre

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The Kakatiya Mega Tex­tile Park in Waran­gal, Te­lan­gana, which has been un­der the first phase of de­vel­op­ment since past one year, has fi­nally re­ceived ‘En­vi­ron­men­tal Clear­ance’ from the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment. The park will now en­ter the next de­vel­op­ment phase.

As per me­dia re­ports, the State Gov­ern­ment will in­vest next two weeks in at­tract­ing po­ten­tial tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ers to es­tab­lish tex­tile units in the park. Spe­cial in­cen­tives for the units will also be of­fered. Once the process is fi­nal­ized, it is ex­pected that fa­cil­i­ties will be­come op­er­a­tional in next 10 months. The yet-to-be set up units in the park would un­der­take tex­tile pro­cess­ing, gin­ning, spin­ning, weav­ing, and gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses. The Gov­ern­ment has planned to have the en­tire tex­tile value chain within the up­com­ing park as the ma­jor chunk of pro­cess­ing units have gone to Andhra Pradesh since Te­lan­gana was de­clared as an in­de­pen­dent state in 2014.

It is ex­pected that the state, with a ca­pac­ity to pro­duce around 60 lakh cot­ton bales a year, would ben­e­fit from the es­tab­lish­ment of the up­com­ing tex­tile park. It will also boost the domestic pro­cess­ing of cot­ton. Cur­rently, only 10 lakh bales are be­ing pro­cessed in Te­lan­gana, while the rest are sent to other states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Gu­jarat, which in­crease the cost of pro­duc­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the ver­ti­cally in­te­grated set-up of the tex­tile park would even­tu­ally gen­er­ate direct em­ploy­ment for 35,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing cot­ton farm­ers and hand­loom work­ers as well. It would also give an op­por­tu­nity to work­ers, who wish to re­lo­cate to their na­tive state from Su­rat, where they are cur­rently em­ployed in tex­tile mills. The Kakatiya Mega Tex­tile Park will also give ex­po­sure to the women work­ers in the state. Fur­ther­more, to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of skilled work­force, skill de­vel­op­ment and train­ing cen­tres will also be es­tab­lished at the park.

In prox­im­ity to the rail­way line, na­tional high­ways 163 and 563 and the pro­posed Outer Ring Road, the tex­tile park in Waran­gal will be poised with world-class in­fra­struc­ture in the next phase such as Com­mon Ef­flu­ent Treat­ment Plant (CETP). It will also have test­ing lab­o­ra­tory and mar­ket­place for fin­ished goods at a later stage.

“A lot of play­ers have al­ready shown their in­ter­est in the park. Once fa­cil­i­ties like CETP and other in­fra­struc­ture be­come op­er­a­tional, lead­ing play­ers are also ex­pected to show up,” said in­dus­try sources.

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