“Footwear Design Institute Open Office in the Footwear Cluster”

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Footwear manufacturers have requested the opening of an office of the National Footwear Design Institute in the footwear cluster project.

Madhya Pradesh Association of Industries, Vice President Yogesh Mehta and Cluster Committee Member Girish Punjabi said a meeting was held with MP Shankar Lalwani and MPIDC Executive Director Rohan Saxena where the request footwear manufacturers was presented. The meeting also discussed the grant received by industrialists under the Centre’s cluster development programme.

Mehta and Punjabi said apart from this, plots for worker accommodation and common kitchen of all industries should also be developed in this industrial zone. A crèche should be created for female workers and a congress center for merchants coming from all over the country and from abroad, where industrialists could organize an exhibition of their products. A common tool room for making shoe dyes should be established. Apart from this, spaces must be reserved for the storage of raw materials, transport warehouses, fire-fighting devices, banks, stores for daily needs, tool and hardware stores. Land should be set aside for expansion.

Lalwani said that during a meeting with the Director of Footwear Design Institute of India, efforts would be made to establish a branch of the institute in the cluster. All the industrialists would go to Betma with Lalwani next week to inspect the land.

Saxena has given consent in principle to the requests. He specified that the size of the plots would be decided according to the wishes of the industrialists. World-class facilities will be provided there, such as access road, water, electricity, security wall, etc. Companies outside the city are also interested in this project and discussions are also underway with major brands like Adidas, Puma, Nike, Bata, Cobbler, etc.

In the first phase of building the cluster, an investment of more than Rs 200 crore will be made and more than 4,000 people will get jobs.

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