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Textile cluster set up at Kannur
Oct '09
The second major textile industry cluster, in the state of Kerala has started its operations in its northern city of Kannur, which is a traditional hub for handlooms. It was once a major textile hub that was providing employment to more than 500,000 traditional weavers.

This northern city of Kerala is also home to the ninth centre of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) has also set up a KINFRA Textile Centre (KTC), which will prove to be helpful to fillip state's textile industry drastically impacted by the crisis, expects the State Government.

This new textile cluster would start functioning at full capacity within next three years. Handloom products from this centre have huge market potential. Entrepreneurs willing to establish textile industry units will be allocated lands in this new textile cluster, said officials.

Following the International Apparel Park in state's capital Thiruvanthapuram, this is the second textile industry cluster initiated by KINFRA that is spread across 124 acres of land, with all necessary infrastructures.

Out of this, textile units divided into six pockets would be established on around 94.80 acres, leaving rest as the open area.

The KTC encompasses roads, power and water supply, water treatment plant, Common Effluent Treatment (CET) plant, weaving centre, standard design factory, integrated infrastructure development centre, facilities for container movement, quality power and dyeing & winding plant, water harvesting pond and green belt, informed the officials.

In addition to this, crèche, ambulance, warehousing facilities, conference and exhibition centres have also been set up, along with which there is a unit for wet-processing of yarn and a standard design factory for final processing of fabric, informed Mr. Elamaram Kareem, the state's minister for industries.

The state government plans to turn Kannur into a major hub for textile exports.

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