Geo-Textile In PMGSY

Use Of Jute Geo-Textile In PMGSY By Bihar

Geo-Textile In PMGSYThe National Jute Board (NJB), Bihar government’s rural works department and the Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA) has endorsed the use of geo-textile in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

The strong recommendation to use of geo-textile for road construction, the Rs 6,500-crore Indian jute industry could hope for a revival. Bihar will be the first state to make use of jute geotextile in PMGSY. The state has arrived at this decision after holding workshops with NJB, IJMA and more than 100 civil engineers, Vinay Kumar, secretary for Bihar’s rural works department said.

A textile ministry official said that Bihar is looking at innovative ways to save the jute industry since most of the workers engaged in the jute mills are from Bihar.

Geotextiles are permeable fabrics which, when used in association with soil, have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect, or drain.

The application of jute for protection of river banks, beds of waterways, stabilization of embankments and slopes can be a real game-changer for the ailing jute industry, which has been witnessing random closures and labour unrest in the past few years.

The jute industry has urged the Bihar government to make use of jute geo-textile mandatory in at least 15% of the state’s rural road construction under PMGSY, since using jute in about 200 projects across the country has proved to be cost-effective and beneficial in road construction, river bank protection as well as hill slope stabilization, IJMA director general Subhakriti Majumdar said.

The jute industry’s main production area is packaging, if the golden fibre is not used in an innovative way the jute industry would not survive under competition from the synthetic packaging industry.

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