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SMC plans facilitation centre to give textile startups a boost

With an aim to project the city as an emerging start-up a multi-storey trade facilitation centre is being planned on 8,000 sq. mt. land at Parvat Patiya near Amazia Fun Park by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). This centre will provide an eco-system for new startups to connect with national and international businesses and facilitate innovations.

SMC will provide nodal support to all kinds of start-ups along with new innovators in textiles and diamond sectors. It has appointed a consultant to prepare a vision document for a start-up and trade facilitation centre at Parvat Patiya and will provide a working space to new start-ups with established ones along with incubation facility and help building advance technology and research infrastructure.

SMC will work as facilitator by bringing in all the stake holders under one umbrella. New innovations and research in textile and diamond sectors would also be a key facet of the centre where in advents and innovations in new technology would lead city's two major industrial segments to be indigenous and make their products cheaper following upgradation of the tools and machinery and innovations made at the centre.

Special commissioner for Smart City project M Nagrajan says the centre could to be a game changer for Surat in coming decade. Along with textile and diamond sector, this start-up facilitation would actually pillar the future growth of Surat city. P M Shah, President of South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), feels this would further propel growth of the rapidly developing city. With local governance endorsing the innovations and research on a world scale, it would have a tremendous effect.