A team of officials representing the Union government will visit the city in the first week of January to check the feasibility of establishing a footwear design and development institute.

M.K. Raghavan, MP, who held discussions with Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma in New Delhi on Wednesday, said the opening of the footwear institute would help the city to achieve covetable achievements in the industry.

As per the plan of the Union government, four new footwear design and development institutes would be established in select States in India. The Central team would mainly check the availability of land and other amenities for the proposed institute.

In a communication issued here on Wednesday, Mr. Raghavan said the city had already proved its capability in the industry with an annual turnover of around Rs.700 crore. “There are around 150 small-scale footwear manufacturing units here,” he said.

Mr. Raghavan said the new venture would help small-scale manufacturers to acquaint themselves with the latest technologies in the sector and train them to be part of a footwear hub in the State. “Currently, the help of such institutes is available only for manufacturers in big cities like Kolkata and Chennai,” he added.