Tamil Nadu will have nearly 100 mini textile parks, said Minister for Handlooms and Textiles R. Gandhi, here on Friday.
Mr. Gandhi told the media that the previous government launched the mini textile park scheme in 2016. But, there were no takers as the government subsidy of ₹2.5 crore was given only for development of common infrastructure at the parks.
The DMK government had modified this condition and said the subsidy could be used for any purpose – plant and machinery. It had so far received over 65 applications, including 43 from Karur district. The parks should come up on two acres and have minimum three units each. Technical textile units could also come up in the parks. There were five applications from Coimbatore district. The Collectors were involved to scrutinise the applications, he said.
Textile Commissioner for Tamil Nadu M. Vallalar held a meeting on Friday evening with District Collector G.S. Sameeran and textile industry members to create awareness about the mini park scheme.
The Minister added that Tamil Nadu would host a two-day technical textiles conference in Chennai on November 25 and 26. Delegations and speakers were coming from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, and Korea. At present, Maharashtra and Surat were leading in technical textile production.
The Tamil Nadu government would give incentives to companies that would invest in the State in technical textiles, including textiles used in the mobility sector and sports. It would also promote research and development in technical textiles. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin would announce policy support measures for technical textiles in the State.
The State government had also allocated ₹15.32 crore for a Sustainable Cotton Cultivation Mission. The aim was to increase area under cotton in the State, he added.