With the aim to promote textile industry in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to set up a textile park in Farrukhabad for which land has been acquired and investment has been arranged.
Principal Secretary (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Navneet Sehgal said that the proposed park would be spread over 14 hectare area. He said the land had been arranged and the textiles units in Farrukhabad would be shifted there one by one.
“We are expecting an investment of Rs 200 crore which would not only give a boost to the textile sector but also help in generating jobs for local youth at their doorsteps. This will end the exodus of educated youth from small cities to bigger cities,” he said.
At present there are 104 textile units in Farrukhabad and 80 of them are in position to shift to the park.
“The process to shift the remaining units to the park has been initiated,” Sehgal said.
The dusty town of Farrukhabad in western UP is famous for potato as well as textile printing and for over last 200 years textile sector has been a source of livelihood for local craftsmen.
The issue of setting up of textile park in Farrukhabad was raised almost a decade back. A series of meetings had taken place but nothing happened.
The local traders have been demanding a textile park as it will provide tax benefits and power subsidy to handloom/powerloom units.
Sehgal said that in view of the increasing pollution, the Central Pollution Control Board had asked the textile units to shift out of city limit. He said in view of that order, the Union Textile Ministry had given permission to set up a textile park.
“This park will be developed by the Central government in collaboration with UP,” Sehgal said.
The park will be maintained and developed by private players under Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).