USE OF GEO & TECHNICAL TEXTILES LIKELY TO BE MANDATORY IN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCLUDING DEFENCE & RAILWAYS

USE OF GEO & TECHNICAL TEXTILES LIKELY TO BE MANDATORY IN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCLUDING DEFENCE & RAILWAYS

USE OF GEO & TECHNICAL TEXTILES LIKELY TO BE MANDATORY IN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCLUDING DEFENCE & RAILWAYS

 

No.PR-98
September 22, 2015
New Delhi

 

USE OF GEO & TECHNICAL TEXTILES LIKELY TO BE MANDATORY IN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCLUDING DEFENCE & RAILWAYS
CAPITAL SUBSIDIES FOR TEXTILE MACHINERY PROCUREMENT LIKE TO BE RAISED: TEXTILE COMMISSIONER
 

The government is likely to make it mandatory the uses of geo and technical textiles in sectors such as construction of roads, ports, airports, canals, dams as also in defence and railways in the required belts of the country to propagate their applications as also restrict such imports in order to enhance domestic production to give fillip to India’s Make in India drive, according to Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta.
 

It is also toying with an idea of encouraging startups to enlist their participation in geo and textile makings by way of supporting them through the government’s textile technology mission scheme to promote its Make in India drive as well considering enhancement of capital subsidies to procure textiles machineries which are largely imported, added Mrs. Gupta.
 

Delivering her inaugural address at a Seminar on ‘Geo Textiles’ under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, she observed, “the government is already seized with the issue of mandate as the Ministry of Textiles and other similar organs have been raising this issue repeatedly with it at different and multiple fora.  It is only a matter of time when the government could come out with it as India heavily needs imports substitution relating to geo and technical textiles from countries like China, Italy, Europe and the like as also promote and diversify its Make in India programme including their domestic production”.
 

Sector such as construction of road, ports, airports, railways, canals, dams, defence and the like need to be upgraded with technical and geo textiles wherever required for safety purpose also and it becomes all the more important to make the applications and uses of such textiles mandatory to broad base and widen it, indicated the Textile Commissioner also pointed out that the Centre could promote and support technical and geo textiles startups through its technology mission which is going to be enlargened and broad based.
 

The capital subsidies for obtaining textiles machineries could also be increased as there was serious thinking going on with the government on this issue and the interest subsidy could also be expanded since states like Rajasthan, Maharastra and Tamilnadu also make their significant contribution on this front with the Centre to wider and expand the geo and technical textile manufacturing in India.
 

In his address, Secretary, Central Board of Irrigation & Power Mr. V K Kanjilia also emphasized the need of technical and geo textiles asking all stakeholders in it to make their contribution in a fair and equitable manner.
 

Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber Mr. Anil Khaitan announced that the PHD Chamber would shortly open up a Startups Cell in the Chamber to support, fund and guide the young entrepreneurs in the field of their choice and technical and geo textiles would certainly be a part of it.
 

Secretary General, PHD Chamber, Mr. Saurabh Sanyal in his remarks observed that since geo and technical textiles have begun to come into wider existence, the government needs to evolve standards for its regulation.  The Textile Commissioner while responding to the issue raised by Mr. Sanyal said that 247 standards have already been put in place and many more of this nature could come in future so that the standards of geo and technical textiles are not compromised.
 

ENDS

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)