Work on the Mysuru Mega Silk Cluster is expected to start soon with bhoomi puja being performed at the site of the project at Belawadi on the outskirts of Mysuru here on Sunday.
A joint venture of the Union and the State governments, the silk cluster is an initiative under the revised National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) at a cost of Rs. 59 crore. The project was proposed five years ago.
Minister for Sericulture and Tourism S.R. Mahesh and Pratap Simha, MP, gave a start to the Chamundeshwari Mega Silk Cluster.
The cluster proposes to establish state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for silk weaving and processing for supporting the silk industry in the region.
Besides creating livelihood opportunities for the rural and the semi-urban populace, the cluster is expected to promote sericulture.
The silk cluster is expected to open up job opportunities for the skilled manpower here with many entrepreneurs setting up their units.
Mysuru houses a silk weaving factory which is over a century old and thearea around Mysuru is dominated by sericulture and Mysuru Silk, produced by the KSIC, is well known across the globe.