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Textile parks in AP remain behind schedule

Textile and apparel parks in Andhra Pradesh have yet to fulfill their objectives. The establishment of textile and apparel parks aimed at increasing employment and textile and apparels exports. However, there have been delays ranging from 23 to 156 months in the establishment of parks due to improper selection of site, delays in transfer of land to the Department of Handlooms and Textiles, incomplete infrastructure facilities and amenities.

There has been a 24 to 100 per cent shortfall in setting up of units in these parks while the shortfall in employment generation is around 74 to 100 per cent. From 2002-03, Andhra Pradesh made efforts to develop 11 textile and apparel parks, some aimed at exports and some focused on the domestic market. Some parks are not located at the right site while others don’t have access to water and have to depend on borewells. Some parks have yet to attract a significant number of units. Some have none at all.

Several crores spent by the state government for land acquisition, creation of infrastructure and for paper work remain unfruitful. The idea behind developing textile and apparel parks was to help weavers and several others who are dependent on them.