Kinfra to set up footwear park

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015,18:42 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kozhikode | The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) will set up a footwear park in Ramanattukara in Kozhikode district of Kerala under the Centre’s mega leather cluster scheme.
The proposed Rs 107.01 crore project on a 30 acre land is expected to be completed in two years, said a release here today. The park would have facilities for manufacturing footwear and raw materials needed for the industry, it said.
It would also have allied industrial units based on leather, it said adding the industrial park is expected to emerge as a big support for the 200 footwear manufacturing units in northern part of the state.
Expected to provide direct employment to 2,000 persons and indirect employment to 3,500, the project aims to make the state one of the important footwear manufacturing centres in the country, it said.
The park would feature all the necessary infrastructure for the development of modern, technology-based footwear industry.
The country ranked second in the world in the manufacture of footwear and sensing the vast potential of the market, many foreign companies had started units in India, it said.
Kerala’s footwar market was worth Rs 600 crore a year and the state was not producing even half of it, it said adding the footwear industry made its presence in the state with the establishment of new ventures in the Malabar region.
Though there were more than 200 manufacturing units in Malabar area, footwear of international standards was not being produced here, it said.
Kinfra proposes to develop common infrastructure facilities in the proposed park which includes dedicated power, continuous water supply, communication facilities, offering plug and play arrangement for easy start up of industrial units at minimum cost and time, it said.
It also envisaged to create facility for global access through a state-of-the-art communication network, it said.
The corporation also proposes to develop a food wear institute in an area of 5 acre land adjacent to the footwear park for training, design and innovation centres, it added.