TEXTILE MILL employee-turned-industry minister Babulal Gaur has reasons to smile. If things go smoothly, the foundation stone for the Rs 500 crore plus Vardhaman Yarns unit at Satlapur (Mandideep), which he had laid this March, would go operational by December end.
The yarn mill – a unit of Mahavir Spinning Mills - would also bag the status of being the largest single-location spinning mill in the country. The SP Oswal Group’s project under construction over sprawling 150 acres of land would be spinning out 100 ton of yarn daily with the help of 2.40 lakh spindles.
To meet its constant supply of quality power requirement, the unit would go for an 22 MW captive power plant also. “In addition to all other facilities at our premises, we would have HRD training centre – a unique concept to provide functional and attitudinal training to our employees and inculcate group’s corporate culture among them,” said Anant Spinning Mills (Mahavir Spinning Mills’ unit) chief executive S Pal.
Taking round the unit, he told the team comprising Commerce & Industry minister Babulal Gaur, department officials and newspersons from Bhopal that apart from erections and civil works, humidification system has been installed in the Blower Room – first step towards commencement of production. The mill, which would produce cotton, blended and synthetic yarns employing 1200 people would export 50 per cent of its production.
Simultaneously, the civil works for the Group’s mega project at an investment of more than Rs 700 crore – Mahavir Spinning Mills at CM’s constituency Budhni (Sehore) has started. The integrated textile project for apparel fabrics to be completed in two phases would go on stream from April 2007.
Sprawling over 426-acre land, the project would have administrative building, residential complex for workers & employees, effluent treatment plant, captive power plant of 22 MW capacity, rail siding and warehouse.
With a first phase production capacity of 12 tons and 70,000 meters of yarn and finished fabric respectively per day using 60,000 spindles, the company would go for 50 per cent export. “We’ll produce international standard fabric, which would boost the garment sector in MP,” Pal boasted.
In two phases, the total employment would be 2300 and the company has already spent Rs 40 crore on construction and placed orders worth Rs 400 crore for machineries. “However, we would require more land for rail siding, for which we’ve applied to the government,” he said.
Gaur, with 20 years of experience as a textile mill worker and supervisor missed no opportunity in quizzing unit officials. Though he was found to be more interested in finding out employment opportunities for the locals due to obvious reasons, several locals felt that the minister should also focus on administrative strengthening and infrastructure development in the area.
During an interaction, the unit executives talked about proper roads, drainage and removal of bottlenecks. “As there would be heavy traffic movement, roads to Budhni plant needs to be widened and two bridges should be constructed on Kharri - Chakla and Gararia nullahs, which hamper traffic movement during rains,” Pal urged Gaur.
The road inside Mandideeep growth centre-II also needs immediate attention. “After rains, it would be done,” assured Gaur, instructing officials for an immediate survey and announced release of Rs 10 lakh for the development of 50-acre industrial area, adjoining Budhni railway line.