This is under the Integrated processing development scheme (IPDS) of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
The initiative is specifically aimed towards the textile processing units in the city. About Rs 500 crore has been approved for the 12th five year plan. Surat is one of the biggest synthetic textile processing hub of the country. The effluents released from these units are a major environmental concern. The scheme will benefit over 350 textile processing units in Pandesara, Sachin and Palsana. The IPDS scheme will also facilitate research and development work in the textile processing sector.
The eligible projects under the scheme would be Common Effluent Treatment Plan (CETP), captive power preferably renewable or green technology, infrastructure such as storm water management, necessary roads and pipelines for water and wastewater and facilities for testing and R&D centres.
Speaking to the Times of India, Jitu Vakharia, president, South Gujarat Textile Processors Association, said, "We do have our own CETP in Pandesara, but the IPDS scheme will go a long way in setting up the required infrastructure to address the environmental issues. This will facilitate the industry to become globally competitive by using environment-friendly processing standards."