Owners willing to shift 55 textile mills out of Surat
After more than five decades, about 55 owners of textile dyeing and printing mills located within Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) areas have agreed to shift them out of the city limits to help reduce the problem of air and water pollution. A meeting was held under the leadership of South Gujarat Texile Processors’ Association (SGTPA) on Tuesday where the textile mill owners said they are willing to shift their units outside the city areas. A SGTPA delegation will be meeting chief minister Vijay Rupani and industries minister Saurabh Patel to demand allotment of land on the outskirts of the city for the mills.
We will be meeting the chief minister in next few days with the proposal. We want the land to be allotted at government rate and that we will develop rest of the infrastructure.” In the past, diamond industry leaders and residents in Rustompura had organized protests to demand shifting of these polluting textile mills.
Three years ago when the original development plan of Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) was prepared, a plot of land in Pinjrat near Olpad was earmarked for relocation of the textile mills in the city.