"With over 14 textile parks, big-ticket projects of some textile majors, relaxed norms for backward regions and ‘Farm-to-Fashion’ initiative, Maharashtra is set to craft its textile dream into reality. With IT services companies moving away from the financial capital, Maharashtra government is on the look-out for new avenues of growth and has identified textile industry as a new ‘sunrise’ industry. Ichalkaranji, Solapur, Nagpur are the newly emerging big textile cities in Maharashtra."
With over 14 textile parks, big-ticket projects of some textile majors, relaxed norms for backward regions and ‘Farm-to-Fashion’ initiative, Maharashtra is set to craft its textile dream into reality. With IT services companies moving away from the financial capital, Maharashtra government is on the look-out for new avenues of growth and has identified textile industry as a new ‘sunrise’ industry. Ichalkaranji, Solapur, Nagpur are the newly emerging big textile cities in Maharashtra.
Ichalkaranji: 9,000 shuttleless weaving machines have been installed in here. In all, technology selected for shuttleless weaving machines running in and around Ichalkaranji is having 50 per cent, 45 per cent, 5 per cent contribution of rapier, airjet and projectile technology respectively. There are about 160 sizing units, consisting of 250 sizing machines, which include conventional to modern machines and 1.2 lakh powerlooms in this decentralised sector. At present spinning, weaving preparatory and weaving sectors are well grown in this region.
Vidarbha : Vidarbha is one of the largest cotton-growing regions of India and contributes for nearly one-thirds of the state’s cotton production. Vidarbha is expected to be a next emerging hub for textiles. Advantages of Vidarbha region are: central location and a strategic place on international aviation routes. A textile hub started at Amravati and the proposal is to similar textile hubs in eight more districts of cotton-growing areas like: Jalgaon, Yavatmal, Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Nanded, Buldhana, and Beed.
Nagpur: Owing to its strategic location, Nagpur is an upcoming textile hub in the state. Nagpur lies at the dead centre of the country with the zero-mile marker indicating the geographical centre of India.
Growing investments in textile sector
Just over a year back, textile major Raymond announced an ambitious Rs 1,500-crore greenfield project in the Vidarbha region. The cotton growing belt of Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Washim and Wardha is getting a shot in the arm with the state government revealing its scheme to integrate six distressed districts of Vidarbha through 80 per cent cotton industry, as a part of Narendra Modi’s vision of transforming textile industry through the visionary ‘Farm-to-Fashion’ concept. Amravati district is in the process of transforming itself as the international textile hub of country. In Vidarbha and Marathwada alone, the state government plans to spend Rs 2,000 crores to develop the region.
Work is in progress on the pilot project under the ‘farm to fashion’ in Amravati, the second biggest city after Nagpur in Vidarbha region. At Nandgaon, 500 hectares of land has been approved for the textile hub which has received proposal from eight players. The main aim is to provide basic infrastructure to make industries more conducive, and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is playing facilitator for providing land for the textile sector in Amravati, spread across 500 hectares at Nandgaon. The companies include Shyam Indofab Ltd, MVHM Industries, Suryalaxmi Mills, and Siyaram Silk for textile and processing units at Nandgaon. The new textile hubs sanctioned in MIDC include Nandgaon (Amravati), Yavatmal,Chikali (Buldhana), Jamner (Jalgaon), Kannad (Aurangabad), Selu (Parbhani),Bhaler (Nandurbar), Malegaon (Nashik), Kunnor (Nanded) and Mazalgaon (Beed).
Maharashtra, so far has 1,108 units, investment of Rs 10,725.87 crores has been achieved and job to about 62,000 peoples has been provided. In order to create basic infrastructure, 14 textile parks under are being established. These parks will accommodate 1,280 units and provide jobs to 64,000 people. Maharashtra government has decided to set up Rs 300 crore garment park in Solapur to promote the city as a ‘major garment hub’.