Web Exclusive | August 2016
India’s 1st textile city to come up in AP
India’s first integrated textiles city is likely to come up in Andhra Pradesh. The proposed textile city will be built on the lines of the China Textile City in Keqiao district. The Central Government has already initiated the process of identifying land, technology and expertise for the same. The city would be largely catering to the export market and build a brand for Indian textiles.
Top officials from NITI Aayog would visit China to get a first hand information on the working and structure of the proposed mega textile city, according to sources. The proposed textile city would build a brand for Indian textiles, and thus boost the sector, which is the country's second largest employer after agriculture.
Since China is considered pioneer in setting up such mega textile cities, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, along with top officials from NITI Aayog, are expected to soon visit China to study the working and structure of the textile cities.
The China Textile City in Keqiao district was set up in 1980s. It is spread over 3.65 million sq m of constructed area. It is home to 29,000 companies, which together produce around 40,000 kinds of products.