GUWAHATI, Sept 29 � In a major boost to the handloom and textile sector, Assam would soon have an integrated textile park at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district. To be set up under a National Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks, launched in 2005, the ARTFED Park would be located near the Namphake village.
The project worth Rs 49.17 crore would be set up on 268 bighas of land of Chankharu Pather there. While the 90 per cent cost would be borne by the Union Government, the land has been allotted by the State government.
Addressing the media here, State Minister for Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan said that other than generating employment, the integrated set up of the park would create new business avenues and stimulate investment in the textile sector.
The park would create nearly 2,800 direct and 4,200 indirect employment opportunities.
The minister also announced setting up a silk testing laboratory in Guwahati that would be first of its kind in the entire region and urban haats at Sualkuchi and Sivsagar.
�We have been given 24 months� time to complete the project after receiving the first instalment. Dedicated infrastructure would be created around the park that includes roadways, high power electric supplies, communication cables and water supply etc. Initially, the park would have plantation for growing host plants for muga, mulberry and eri silkworms,� she said, adding that the State government has the option to expand the project in future.
The entire process of weaving, dying and producing finished product would be completed under one roof. Arrangements would be done for marketing of the finished products from the textile park itself. The infrastructure would include testing laboratory, design centre, trade and display centre, warehousing, packaging units, factory set up, etc.
On the issue of the textile products from other States entering the State�s market and affecting indigenous weavers, she said that the government was taking measures to stop duplicity of Assam�s textile products.