The Ministry of Industries and Production is actively
considering to develop a "Textile City" spread over 1000 acres
of land in the industrial city of Karachi.
Obviously, the port city of Karachi has been chosen
as the venue for the first textile city for the reasons giving it an
edge over other urban centers of the country. Under a policy approved by
the federal cabinet, textile cities would be developed in different
parts of the country especially at Lahore and Faisalabad.
Prior to go ahead with the plans for the textile
city, concrete steps will have to be taken for provision of
uninterrupted supply for utility services, especially electricity, gas
Since, textile processing consumes water in bulk,
special arrangement for water supply would have to be ensured to achieve
the desired results of the concept. It is worth mentioning that the
textile units operating in different industrial sectors like SITE
Industrial area, Landhi and Korangi Industrial area, North Karachi and
Federal B Area industrial sectors have to pay huge price for acquiring
the required amount of water from the tankers. As the water supply
through water board did not suffice the actual need of water required in
textile processing. In this respect, meetings with the City Nazim as
well as the chief of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board will be held to
make foolproof arrangement for water supply to the proposed textile
The textile city plan is expected to attract foreign
investment as well as create employment opportunities by accelerating
industrial activity in the largest city of the country.
As far as the location for the proposed textile city
was concerned, one of the leading industrialist while talking to PAGE
suggested that Nooriabad adjacent to Karachi can be possible site for
the proposed city as Nooriabad was developed decades ago with an
intention to develop as an industrial zone, however, due to law and
order situation most of the industrial units were forced to close down
their units. Now situation has been changed to the large extent and the
area of Nooriabad already having infrastructure could be possible site
for the proposed city. He said that elements responsible for lawlessness
in that area in fact had done a great damage not only to the local
people of that area but deprived the country of possibly the best
industrial zone in the country because it is situated on the main trunk
road that is called super high leading to the upcountry.
Presently there is a plan to set one textile city in
Karachi at a place which has yet to be chosen. Besides Nooriabad, the
Karachi Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) is another location where over 500
acres of land still lying vacant and can be an ideal location developing
a textile city. Earlier there was a proposal for developing an IT Park
at that available place; however, since IT sector did not come up to the
expectations, the available land can be allocated for another textile
city. This available land at the non tariff area of the export
processing zone at Karachi can be an added advantage especially for the
foreign investors who are looking for relocation of the textile units
from the developed world. If the people at the helm of affairs launched
an aggressive market campaign for selling the idea of attracting the
textile units waits for relocation in the United States, Japan or other
textile producing countries it may help in bringing foreign investment
at a massive scale.
According to informed sources, some foreign
investment has already arrived in the textile industry and joint venture
agreement has been signed with Pakistani counter parts in Karachi.
In fact, the coming years with the opening of global
doors for the textile industry in 2005 may prove a windfall for the
textile sector in Pakistan because this sector has developed a strong
base to meet the international demands in textile fabrics, fiber and
Since, the United States and other developed states
in Europe and Japan have already got out of the textile business; it
leaves only a few contenders for Pakistan in the field of textile
exports including China and India to compete in the world market.
India and China may have an edge over Pakistan in
terms of price, because these countries have managed to cut down their
cost of production mainly because of availability of electricity at
cheaper rates, low rate of government levies and running their
industries on economy of the scale.
The available market accessibility for Pakistan
textile products in the European Union has played a key role in
increasing Pakistan's share in the exports during last financial year.
The textile industry in Pakistan has done extremely
well and giving its competitors a tough fight on the basis of quality
products especially in products like bed wears, knitwear and readymade
items. The industry has already made handsome investments for balancing,
modernization and replacing and expansion of the existing units. The
industry performed extremely well during last financial year and the
contribution of the textile exports increased almost 67-70 per cent of
the total exports of the country.
The government has set an export target of $12.1
billion for the current financial year. The way the textile industry has
emerging as the key players in the exports, it likely to help in a great
way to meet the desired level of export target.