TAMIL NADU

Integrated textile park to be set up at Vadipatti: Minister

Staff Reporter

At a cost of Rs.250 crore

MADURAI: Sixty acres of land had been allotted at Vadipatti to establish an integrated textile park, said N.K.K.P. Raja, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, here on Saturday.

Addressing press persons, the Minister said that the park would come up at a cost of more than Rs.250 crore of which 40 per cent would be sanctioned as Central Government subsidy.

Madurai Textile Park would be one among the 13 parks to be established in the State, he said and the proposed integrated park would have an apparel export park, weavers hi-tech park and weavers’ park.

The other parks would be located in Erode, Kumarapalayam, Palladam, Madurai, Andipatti, Vadipatti, Tirupur, Chengampalli in Coimbatore, Iruganttukottai, Kanchipuram, Karur and Cuddalore.

Briefing about the free power supply for weavers, the Minister said that out of two lakh applicants as many as 1.75 lakh people benefited from the free power supply that provided 100 units for a handloom and 500 units for a powerloom for every two months.

He said that the Government had extended its health and life insurance scheme even to private weavers.

Pointing out that 9965 employees from 18 mills had opted for voluntary retirement scheme, the Minister said that the Government had extended health and life insurance scheme for private weavers besides increasing the pension amount.

Mr. Raja said that 36 new weavers’ societies had been formed, including three in Madurai district.

Textile tourism

The Special Officer and Managing Director of Co-Optex, M.P. Nirmala, said that plans were in the pipeline to introduce textile tourism as per the idea mooted by the Department of Tourism.

Earlier, inaugurating the renovated Co-Optex showroom, ‘Angayarkanni Pattu Malligai,’ on the Venkalaikadai Street, the Minister said that Co-optex had developed 2000 designs exclusively for this Deepavali besides its existing 5000 designs.

The Minister also said that the showroom housed a wide range of cotton saris in the price range of Rs.200 to 2000, silk saris from Rs.2000 to Rs.40,000 and organic cotton saris.

“To compete with private traders, the Co-optex has also introduced exclusive designs and colours especially to suit the taste of the customers,” the Minister said and added that the showrooms would offer 30 per cent discount for 128 days till Pongal.

Angayarkanni Pattu Malligai was given a facelift at the cost of Rs.12 lakh.

The showroom houses traditional and modern designed silk varieties, cotton varieties, silk-cotton varieties embellished with stones and embroidery work.

Sales target

This year the Deepavali sales target is fixed at Rs.50 crore and last year the showrooms earned Rs.31 crore.

The Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, A. Tamilarasi, the Mayor, G. Thenmozhi, the Commissioner for Handlooms and Textile, M.R. Mohan, the Special Officer and Managing Director of Co-Optex, M.P. Nirmala, and others participated in the function.

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