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Agra set to receive bountiful of footwear projects
Nov '08
Agra is central to the leather and footwear industry in India. Rough estimates suggest over 200,000 people could be employed in this business in Agra and accounts for a large chunk of the nearly Rs 15 billion exports of leather and footwear from India.

The Minister of State for Commerce Mr Jairam Ramesh had recently announced a Rs 1.6 billion package to boost the local shoe industry and before that the Chief Minister of the state had announced a waiver on shoes costing up to Rs.300.

The package comprises a Rs.600-million leather park, a Rs.200-million footwear design development centre, a Rs.100-million design studio, a testing laboratory and a permanent exhibition ground to be developed at an investment of Rs.500-600 million.

Now, the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) will soon take up construction of a Rs 2,000 million leather park project, the work for which is expected to begin by the end of this month.

Another project in the pipeline is a footwear market project which is expected to boost the ailing footwear market in the city. Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), has also announced setting up a branch of the institute in the city and is expected to train around 12,000 people to meet the shortage of skilled employees in the next three years.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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