Shahi eyes Tier 2 & 3 towns for expansion

 It plans to invest Rs 533 crore to establish weaving, textiles and readymade garments units in Shimoga which will be ready in six months and create employment for 10,000 people. Talking to Deccan Herald Director Subhash Tiwari said,  “We have set up seven units in smaller towns. During the last one year, we have opened six units in Bagalur, Maddur, Kolar, outskirts of Mysore, Shimoga. Once our Shimoga unit is ready we will start spreading to Northern Karnataka as it is close to Golden Quadrilateral highway network.”

Worldwide and even in Asian manufacturing destinations like Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China and Thailand, manufacturing takes place in villages where cheap labour is available in plenty, he said. “Only in India it got concentrated to Mumbai, Bangalore etc and Tirupur is the only one exception. So the way forward is to go to villages,” he said. As part of their strategy, Shahi Exports plans to bring down their presence in Bangalore by 50 per cent and on an average 12-14 per cent of their capacity is lying idle due to shortage of workers.

“We want to offset this with our presence in smaller towns but the daunting task is to enhance the skill levels, and deal with infrastructure and erratic power supply,” he said. According to data, from Davangere to Dharwad more than 2.4 lakh girls appear for SSLC but less than 40,000 girls go for higher studies. These girls are potential employees to us.” he adds.

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