Ministry of Textiles clears 20 Strategic Projects in the areas of Specialty Fibres and Geotextiles under the flagship programme National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM).
National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM) was approved in 2020 for a period of 4 years (2020-21 to 2023-24) with an outlay of Rs.1480 crores.
It aims at taking the domestic market size from USD 40 billion to USD 50 billion by 2024.
The distribution of funds is for:
1) Research Innovation & Development
2) Promotion and Market Development
3) Education, Training and Skilling
4) Export Promotion
5) Administrative expenses
What is "Technical textiles" ?Technical textiles are textiles that are produced with the intention of serving specific functions, rather than being used for ornamental purposes.
Generally, natural as well as manmade fibres are used in technical textiles.
The major uses of technical textiles are as under:
1) Geotextiles: The textiles used for work related to the earth are called "geotextiles". It is used in road and dam construction, drainage system construction etc.
They are permeable and rot-proof.
The main uses for which geotextiles are used are as under: Erosion control, Filtration, Separation, Protection and Reinforcement etc.
2) Protective clothing: It protects people in life-threatening occupations such as welders and firemen from excessive heat and radiation.
3) Medical textiles: In sutures and bandages.
4) Agrotextiles: In ground covers, shade nets, insect meshes as well as bird nets.
5) Home textiles: In home furnishings, carpets and curtains.
6) Industrial textiles: In the form of conveyor belts, sacks and containers.
8) Autotextiles: In airbags, seatbelts as well as seat covers.