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Bellary to get Rs. 27-cr. apparel park soon

By Our Staff Correspondent

BELLARY, NOV. 2. An apparel park, which has been pending for long, will be established at an estimated cost of Rs. 27 crores in Bellary soon, the Minister for Revenue, M.P. Prakash, has said.

"The proposed park will help the readymade garment manufacturers improve the quality of their produce besides being cost-effective," he said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a Postgraduate Diploma course in Fashion Design Technology at the Postgraduate Centre, Gulbarga University.

The course will be run in association with the Bellary Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) here on Tuesday.

Funds

He said the Union Government had sanctioned Rs. 18 crores and the State Government would sanction Rs. 8 crores for the park.

Bellary, after Bangalore, was a major producer of readymade garments, especially jeans. The garment industry here had been providing employment to a large section of society.

The course and the apparel park would help manufacturers come out with cost-effective and quality products to overcome the market challenges, Mr. Prakash added.

Competition

The Minister was of the view that the World Trade Organisation regime would not affect the textile and readymade garment industries.

He said the manufacturers should work hard to face the market competition in the absence of any quota for textile promotion.

New designs

Mr. Prakash urged the youth, especially students of the course, to come out with new designs to suit the market requirement.

He appealed to the garment manufacturers to expand their businesses to the rural areas surrounding the city and help improve their standard of living.

Facilities

S.T. Parmeshwarappa, Joint Director of District Industries Centre, who presided over the inaugural function, said the department had identified 150 acres of land for the proposed apparel park.

He also said that 40 acres of the total land proposed for the park would be available immediately.

Efforts were on to provide infrastructure, including skill upgrading, dyeing and treatment and recycling of effluents.

He appealed to the elected representatives to extend support to get the water supply connection.

He said the park and fashion design course would help entrepreneurs come out with new products and equip them to compete in the world market.

B. Sriramulu, Bellary MLA, spoke. S. Jayanna, Special Officer of the Postgraduate Centre, welcomed the gathering.

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