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Stitching livelihoods:The parks are expected to generate7 lakh direct jobs and 14 lakh indirect jobs.Bijoy Ghosh  

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of seven Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks at an outlay of Rs. 4,445 crore.

The mega parks scheme will include brownfield and greenfield projects, spread over five years, said Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal.

The parks would be developed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) owned by the Central and State governments and would get two kinds of support. Development Capital Support, aimed at helping develop infrastructure, would fund 30% of the project cost with a cap of Rs. 500 crore for greenfield projects and Rs. 200 crore for brownfield projects. A separate Competitiveness Incentive Support would be limited to Rs. 300 crore per park.

‘TN, Gujarat interested’

As many as 10 States including Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Gujarat had already shown interest, Textiles Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh told The Hindu. States offering the cheapest land (contiguous and encumbrance-free land of minimum 1,000 acres) and facilities such as adequate electricity and water would be selected through a transparent challenge route.

The SPV would select a Master Developer to set up and maintain the park for a specified period. Of the park’s area, 50% would be earmarked for manufacturing activity, 20% for utilities, and 10% set aside for commercial development.

The parks are expected to generate 7 lakh direct jobs and provide indirect jobs to almost 14 lakh people.

Mr. Singh said industries in the parks would comprise four categories — units investing Rs. 300 crore or more, units investing Rs. 100-300 crore, investors of less than Rs. 100 crore and tenant units.

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