Surat Textile Industry all set to be Revamped!! The Union ministry of textiles has decided to implement the scheme for in-situ up-gradation of plain powerlooms in the MMF sector in Surat in the present 12th Five-Year Plan. Nearly four lakh shuttle looms or plain powerloom machines in the country’s biggest man-made fabric (MMF) hub are set to be modernized. The government will provide FINANCIAL assistance for the up-gradation of the machines in the form of subsidy for kits and attachments starting from Rs 15,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh per machine. The annual polyester yarn consumption by the powerloom units in Surat is pegged at 40,610 lakh kg and the annual fabric production is estimated to be 91,871 lakh meters — total fabric production in Gujarat is 97,206 lakh meters. As per the ‘Baseline Survey of Powerloom sector’ carried out by AC Neilsen ORG MARG, there are a total 4,88,649 powerlooms in Gujarat with Surat having the maximum 4,70,496 powerlooms. There are only 14,364 shuttleless looms in Surat.
AK Chaphekar, assistant director, regional office of textile commissioner (Ahmedabad) told “Powerloom sector in Surat could avail a greater benefit of the in-situ scheme launched by the textile ministry. It is a pre-requisite for the sector to upgrade their machines in order to increase productivity and quality of the fabrics.” Ashok Jirawala, president, Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA) said, “Modernization is needed in the powerloom sector to increase productivity. The scheme is going to work wonders in the up-gradation of the powerloom machines.” However, Ahmedabad and Dholka are the lone centers manufacturing cotton fabrics. There are 16,986 powerlooms in Ahmedabad and 1,622 in Dholka and the annual production of cotton fabrics is pegged at 3982 lakh meters. In the survey, Bhiwandi in Maharashtra is the biggest center for cotton and spun yarn or poly cotton followed by Namakkal in Tamil Nadu.