KINFRA Textile Centre, Thaliparamba
The KINFRA Textile Centre will offer a series of facilities for the entrepreneurs in Kannur. With the effluent treatment and pol;uution control norms getting tightened, small units found it difficult to run the show. For them, the centre will offer a real refuge.
Kannur is the land of handloom that conquered global markets, especially in the home furnishing segment. The workmanship of weavers, quality of raw material including water used for processing, and entrepreneurial spirit of the people helped the northern district of Kerala assert its supremacy in handloom exports, which is around Rs 300 crore a year.
The new Textile Centre, developed by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) under the Textile Centre Infrastructure Development Scheme at Nadukani near Kannur is all set to boost the textile industry in the district which has set a Rs 1000-crore target of exports.
The Textile Centre, part of a planned Textile Town, is set up at a cost of Rs 45 crore, of which the State government’s contribution was Rs 20 crore. The centre hosts six main units, all linked to textile and garments production. They are:
* A wet processing plant for dying and winding
* A common effluent treatment plant
* Bonded warehouse
* Water harvesting pond
* Hazardous waste treatment plant
* A standard design factory
KINFRA would provide a ‘walk in and manufacture’ environment to entrepreneurs in the textile and textile-related industries sector at KINFRA Textile Centre.
The dyeing and winding plant is set up at a cost of Rs 24 crore, made available from the ASIDe scheme of the government of India. The plant can process 15 tonne yarn and 70,000 metres of fabric a day. It is meant for the use of the units within the park but can be accessed to by outside units also depending on the availability of slots.
The common effluent treatment plant that can treat 750 cubic metres of effluents a day will be a boon for the units. With the Supreme Court tightening the norms on environmental pollution, many units in the districts were finding it difficult to survive as the cost of setting up and running a full-fledged effluent treatment plant for a single unit would ruin them. Some of them were even facing closure. Several such units are relocating to the Centre.
The Textile Centre will have a bonded warehouse which will facilitate exports and avoid procedural delay. A standard design factory of 1.24lakh square feet is an important component of the project. This will be open to units in the textile sector including garment manufacturing.
The Centre has laid a 9-km pipeline to ensure availability of water. This is besides the rain-water harvesting facility. The Centre has also set up a creche, dispensary and an ambulance unit for the employees of the units in the centre.
The park is set up on 124 acres, of which 94 acres are allotable land for industrial purpose. KINFRA has already allotted land to 24 entrepreneurs and some have started building their plants. The Centre leases land to units on a 90-year lease. About 30 acres of land at the Centre has been reserved for setting up weaving units.
Considering the demand and the growth potential of the industry, the Centre is acquiring another 200 acres and the process is on.
A Central government-sponsored project, the KINFRA Textile Centre would offer the entrepreneurs incentives and training and management support.
It is also equipped with conference and exhibition facilities and a unit for wet-processing of yarn and a standard design factory for final processing of fabric. A hazardous waste disposal plant has also been installed at the centre.
A total of 38.36 ha would be allotted for setting up the textile units. The Textile Centre has been envisaged as a comprehensive textile industries park under the KINFRA International Apparel Park, a fully owned subsidiary of KINFRA.