T. Ramakrishnan

Chennai: Seven more textile parks, which comprise units engaged in weaving, spinning, sizing, knitting and readymade garment manufacturing, are to be set up in the State by June next year.

Being established with 40 per cent funding support from the Centre, the parks will provide direct employment to about 20,000 people and involve an investment of about Rs. 2,000 crore.

At present, the Netaji Apparel Park, Tirupur and the hi-tech weaving park, Palladam, are operational.

An apparel park at Irungattukottai, on the outskirts of Chennai, is scheduled to commence its production next month.

A processing park at Cuddalore, integrated textile parks at Madurai and Karur, a hi-tech weaving park at Kumarapalayam and one more at Perundurai will begin their operations in nine months, according to an official source.

A hi-tech weaving park at Erode has been proposed.

Though this has not yet been recommended by the State Government, the official says the Government will soon forward the case and this project too will materialise.