SRIKAKULAM : In an attempt to boost market facility for handloom workers in Ponduru and its adjacent villages, the district administration is planning to set up a handloom park with the estimated budget of `30 crore. The weavers of Ponduru, which is famous for its khadi garments, are increasingly leaving their generation-old family vocations owing to less profit which is being largely blamed on the ;lack of goof marketing facility.
Taking the issue seriously, the district administration had written to the authorities for setting up a handloom park for which a go ahead has ben given. The authorities has considering a suitable land for the project at Loluru and VR Gudem villages between Krishnapuram and Ponduru.
“The government has issued GO 72 for setting up a 30-acre handloom park at Ponduru with an estimated budget of `30 crore. The administrative sanction for the project have been given. We are waiting for the financial sanctions,” said handloom additional director G Raja Rao.
Though land has been identified at Rapaka Junction, Ponduru and Krishnapuram village, the final decision is yet to be taken, he added.As part of the project, the proposed park would be made a tourist hub with star hotels and cottages. “To bring handloom workers under a single cluster, the district administration is planning to construct 500 houses at a cost of `4 lakh each. Of the `30 crore allocated for the handloom park, `20 crore will be allocated to set up housing to all handloom workers,” Raja Rao said.
Apart from this, modernised looms are likely to be introduced in the proposed park to enable the weaver face the competition from the fashion world. Keeping in view of technologies in the textile design and marketing, an intensive training wing would also be set up in the park to meet the needs of the weavers of present generation. The training would be imparted on printing, dying and marketing to traditional handloom workers.The financial sanction would be made in the next few weeks, the works are likely to be inaugurated in July, he added.