KARACHI - The Sindh government has proposed a project for the establishment of Small Industrial Estate for power looms at an estimated cost of Rs1.318b, officials told The Nation. The project, sponsored by the Sindh Industrial Department, will be executed by the Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC). Official said that at least 389 industrial units having 2,200 power looms in Hyderabad city and its adjoining areas are in operation, but that are located scattered. The Sindh Industrial Dept has proposed scheme-Establishment of Small Industrial Estate for Power Looms at Tando Adam to provide the business community with an opportunity to flourish their power looms. According to the working paper of the project available with The Nation, the proposed Small Industrial Estate for power looms will spread over an area of 500 acres of land which will consist of two categories of plots - 1,129 plots of 1,000 square yards and 1,129 plots of 500 square yards. Moreover, all the basic infrastructure facilities like road, gas, electricity and drainage will be provided. The official concerned said the estimated cost of Rs1.318b would be shared by Sindh Govt and Sindh Small Industries Corporation on 50-50 pc basis, which would be completed in four years. However, the Provincial government has earmarked an amount of Rs100m in the Annual Development Programme to initiate this project in FY2009-10. Meanwhile, the Sindh Small Industries Corporation has also prepared PC-1 of the project, which will be presented in upcoming meeting of Technical Committee of Planning and Development Department of Sindh to discuss the technical aspect of the scheme. After getting clearance from Technical Committee, the project will be taken up before the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) for approval. According to officials, the Sindh Industries Department has raised some questions on the concept of working paper of the said project and asked the Sindh Small Industries Corporation to clarity the anomalies in the working paper, before the taking project for concept clearance from technical committee. Officials said that as per directives of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, in case of Mega projects where no land was available, separate PC-1s for acquisition of land should be prepared first without announcing the project publicly to avoid undue rise in the cost of land and got clearance from the competent forum, while same directives have been issued to SSIC to prepare separate PC-1 for purchase of 500 acres land in the first phase. However, the existing power looms have been producing different varieties of cloths like grey cloths, ladies/gents suits to cater to needs the local market as well international market which would further be captured on larger scale with the establishment of scheme under consideration, official said.