Ludhiana-based apparel manufacturers have agreed to set up around 25 units at Dehri-on-Sone in a move that could create around 25,000 jobs for textile workers in Bihar.
The deal was clinched at a roundtable meeting between a delegation of the industries department led by principal secretary S. Siddharth and the Apparels and Textile Manufacturers of Ludhiana.
“Various apparel manufacturers of repute have agreed to establish 25 manufacturing units in Bihar. They will provide direct employment to 25,000 people. We have asked them to apply for stage-I clearance from the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) within a month,” Siddharth told The Telegraph.
The apparel units will be located at Dehri-on-Sone in Rohtas, around 140km southeast from Patna. The place is equidistant from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and lies close to National Highway 2, also known as the Grand Trunk Road
The dedicated freight corridor being constructed by the central government will also pass along the same alignment, providing wide-ranging transportation facilities to the manufacturers, who export apparels to countries globally.
“We have 79 acres available for industries at Dehri-on-Sone. We will give common industrial infrastructure to facilitate the entrepreneurs. They are happy over the provisions and benefits of the new Bihar Industrial Investment Promotion Policy (BIIPP) 2016,” Siddharth added.
Apparel manufacturers of Ludhiana are mainly into knitwear and cater to large brands and retail chains like Spencer’s, Walmart, GAP and sellers as well as designers in France, Germany, US etc.
The industries department had been wooing them since last year by showcasing Bihar’s long tradition of textile, handloom, silk, khadi, weaving and dyeing.