Kolkata, June 12: The Indian Road Congress has recognised certain types of jute geotextiles as suitable for constructing roads, a top official said on Monday.
“Only two days back, the Indian Road Congress has recognised certain types of jute geotextiles as suitable for construction of roads. This is a major development. The formal notification will take some time to come out,” Ministry of Textiles’ Joint Secretary Subrata Gupta said.
The recognition by the Congress is expected to have a positive impact on the future of the jute industry, he said at the “Road Show on Textiles India-2017” here.
“Countries like the US and Japan are large consumers of geotextiles. If we can get the materials accepted in India, the potential of exporting this material is quite bright,” Gupta said.
Use of jute geotextiles in road construction enhanced the quality of roads, he claimed.
The National Jute Board has been spearheading an effort to explore whether jute could be taken as technical textile, especially as geotextile.
At present, three jute varieties are being used as geotextiles in construction of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
In West Bengal, jute geotextiles are being used for building about 453 km of roads under the PMGSY.