Staff Correspondent

64.26 acres of land being developed

BELLARY: The work on the much talked about textile park in Bellary has begun at last.

In the first phase, a 64.26-acre piece of land is being developed in the Mundargi industrial area on the outskirts of the city to house all the washing and dying units.

Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) has been entrusted with the task of developing the area and providing all necessary infrastructure. At the site, 83 half-acre plots are to be allotted for as many units there. KIADB has already been given Rs. 3 crore for the work. The foundation stone was laid recently by the then Minister for Textiles, Tourism and Infrastructure Development B. Sriramulu.

The district is well known for the production of readymade garments. It has over 400 registered units and provides employment to a large number of people in the sector. According to a moderate estimate, over 25,000 people in and around the district depend on the industry for their livelihood.

At present, 66 washing units have already been set up in different parts of the city, near residential areas too, for the new textile park. The owners have agreed to shift to the new place once the infrastructure, including the water and power supply, has been established. They are estimated to invest around Rs. 20 crore on the construction of their units. A common effluent treatment plant will also be set up to treat colour effluents and reuse water.

Assistant Director, Department of Handlooms and Textiles, S.S. Benakal told The Hindu that all details on the textile park were being worked out and a project report prepared. He said its first phase was likely to become functional by the end of this year.

Training centre

A Garment Training and Design Centre is to be established in the Nallacheruvu area in the city at an estimated cost of Rs. 7.17 crore. This is the first centre to be established by the Government in association with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi. The centre will provide training courses in readymade garment design and manufacturing.