ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Standing Committee on Textiles Friday recommended approving Rs54 million for the first state-of-the-art textile centre of the country.

The committee unanimously recommended approving the proposal of Pak-Korea Technical Textile Centre after considering its benefits. The members desired to establish such centers in other provinces as well. Korea has consented to provide Rs 600 million for the Faisalabad-based project. From Pakistani funding, a building will be constructed while Korea will provide consultants who will not only train local scientists but will also carry out research activities. Korea will also equip the state-of-the-art centre.

Land adjacent to a university has already been marked for the centre and according to officials of Ministry of Textiles, Korean team is present in Faisalabad to finalise the project, and a final announcement from Korean side for 600 million funding is expected soon, officials said.

After the approval from the committee, now the project will be forwarded to Planning Commission. Planning Commission is already burdened with many other important projects. How much time it will take to approve this unique and first ever project is anybody’s guess.

However, the officials revealed that Korea was already very active and has completed initial work.

The standing committee, which assembled to discuss and finalise the PSDP budgetary proposals for 2016-17, also approved Rs600 million for the construction of building of Faisalabad Garment City Training Center, in Faisalabad Garment City.

The meeting, under the chair of lawmaker Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, postponed the budgetary proposals for the project “Pink Bollworm Area Wide Integrated Management in Cotton Growing Regions” for further deliberations. Members stressed the need for the promotion of seed production and recommended that the Agriculture University, Faisalabad may be taken on board.

Pink bollworm and whitefly are known as the two major killers of cotton crop in Pakistan. This year, around 33 percent reduction in cotton crop was termed to low quality seeds and pink bollworm and whitefly attacks.