Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday the establishment of ‘PM MITRA mega textile parks’ in Gujarat and six other states, including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. He said they would attract significant investments and create tens of thousands of employees.
“The PM MITRA mega textile parks will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the textiles sector, attract investment of crores and create lakhs of jobs. “PM MITRA massive textile parks will enhance the textiles sector in line with the 5F (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign) strategy,” Modi tweeted.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Trade and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles stated on Facebook that these gigantic textile parks will be built at a cost of Rs 4,445 crore, making it the largest infrastructure undertaking in this sector. He stated that these parks will generate 20 lakh direct/indirect jobs and attract an estimated Rs 70,000 crore in domestic and global investment.
Gujarat’s giant textile park would be built on 1,142 hectares of government land in the Navsari district’s Vansi Borsi village. According to sources, the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) requested to the state and federal governments that a textile park be established in Vansi Borsi village.
“Once operational, the park will give a boost to the textile industry,” SGCCI president Himanshu Bodawala said, thanking PM Modi for the announcement. This would also help Surat establish a new image in the global market. This park will employ thousands of people and raise the annual turnover of textile sector exports.”
According to Ashish Gujarat, president of Pandesara Weavers’ Association and a member of the Federation of Gujarat Weavers’ Association, the park will include processing houses (dyeing and printing mills), spinning units, weaving units, garmenting units, warehouses and packing houses, specialised and value added work, and effluent treatment plants, among other things. “It will also benefit the sector by lowering logistic expenses because all activities will be performed in one location,” he added.
Minister Goyal elaborated on the giant textile parks project, saying they will be shining models of sustainability, with zero liquid discharge, common effluent treatment, the use of emission-free renewable energy, and the implementation of global best practices.
Meanwhile, Goyal praised the Prime Minister’s statement as “India’s great leap towards becoming the centre of a global textile” in a series of tweets.
He claims that this cluster-based approach will improve product quality and competitiveness, raise exports, and strengthen India’s position in global supply chains. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for investors, manufacturers, exporters, and worldwide purchasers,” he said.
The minister hailed the people of the seven states who will “further fuel the Aatmanirbhar Bharat journey and make India a textiles hub”.
Goyal stated on Facebook that India’s rich textile legacy, which reaches back to the ancient era, is prepared for a quantum leap to make India a worldwide investment, production, and export centre. He stated that the PM MITRA park, inspired by the Prime Minister’s 5F vision, is a significant step forward in achieving the Aatmanirbhar Bharat and ‘Voice for Local’ programmes.
“It will change the sector and generate global champions with the support of world-class facilities, state-of-the-art infrastructure and an integrated value chain at each location. “A Master Developer (MD) will be chosen to be in charge of designing, planning, building, financing, operating, and maintaining the PM MITRA Park,” he explained.
Goyal said this is a significant step forward for the business because the value chain is now dispersed across the country, adding expenses and delays at each link in the chain. “The parks will help scale up operations, lower costs, enhance efficiency, and supply high-quality textiles and apparel, allowing Indian industry to become globally competitive,” he said.
According to the minister, PM MITRA parks were chosen through a transparent process confirmed by the unique PM GatiShakti National Infrastructure Master Plan.
He said it is another example of collaborative federalism because both the Centre and the states involved will be partners in the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) that will build up and operate these parks.
PM MITRA works in tandem with the government’s efforts to sign free trade agreements, which open up developed markets for Indian textiles, garments, and a variety of other industries. India has already struck trade agreements with the UAE and Australia and is in talks with Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.