Karnataka state government in its recently presented budget has allocated Rs 300 core for development and setting up of Textile Parks across the state. However, at the recent Invest Karnataka meet, investors have come forward to invest over Rs 1,000 crore.
R Raju, department of handlooms and textile commissioner, speaking after inaugurating Special Handloom Expo Samskruthi-2016 at JSS Urban Haat a one-stop shop for handloom products organized by the ministry of textiles, government of India, and Karnataka State Cooperative Hand Weavers' Mahamandali, said that for the development of textile parks across the state, 2,600 acres of land has been identified.
They have already identified 100 acre of land at Tandavapura Industrial area to set up the Textile Park in Tandavapura. In Mysuru and Chamarajanagar, where Textile Parks are also proposed, they have identified land.
He further mentioned that for the benefit of the weavers, the government had introduced textile policy from 2013-2018. This includes Rs 10,000 crore investment in five years and generates employment to 5 lakh people.
In the state, 80,000 handlooms and 1.5 lakh power looms are active, and the department has managed to give training to over 26,000 people.
At the JSS Urban Haat expo, there are around 140 national and international renowned artistes participating. They are displaying their products, including summer ware and cloth materials from different states.
The expo, which will run till April 7 from 10am to 9.30pm. Entry is free for public.
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