November 18, 2023 Coimbatore: The Tamil Nadu government would soon release a revised textile policy aimed at making the state a leader in the sector, said state handlooms and textiles minister R Gandhi. Speaking at the second edition of the International Conference on Technical Textile in the city, Gandhi said the revised textile policy would extend benefits to manufacturing units with less than 50 crore investment, which are involved in man-made fibre production. “The growth of the textile sector and its contribution to the state are integral for Tamil Nadu to achieve its goal of one trillion economy by 2030,” he said. More than 600 people from across the country participated in the conference, organised by the CII and the Department of Textiles. Talking to reporters later, Gandhi said the state government had received 110 applications for setting up mini-textile parks. “Of them, 10 mini-textile parks have been approved,” he said. The textile parks would be opened by chief minister M K Stalin soon, he said. A textile city has been announced by the government in Chennai, and work was on to explore the possibilities of setting up common effluent treatment plants for zero chemical waste discharge from there, he said. Subsequently, the integrated textile park would come up in Salem. “TN has approached the Centre to include it under the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP). Once it is sanctioned, the processing units will be transferred to the textile park to reduce the pollution level,” he said. Addressing the conference, joint secretary of ministry of textiles Rajeev Saxena invited large textile industries to invest in research and development. “India at present is importing bigger textile machinery. On the contrary, the country is much more capable of manufacturing industrial equipment. This requires initiative from large industries,” he said.