Gangtok, 27 Mar:
Daylong technical workshop on 'Applications of Jute Geotextiles in Sikkim', organised by Indian Jute Industries Research Association [IJIRA], Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, was held in the capital today.
Minister for Roads & Bridges, Government of Sikkim, GM Gurung, attended the programme as chief guest accompanied by Principal Chief Engineer cum Secretary, Roads and Bridges, GT Dhungel, as guest of honour.
It may be mentioned here, jute geotextiles have been extensively used in India for construction of rural roads which are durable and eco friendly. Slope management, protection of river banks and road construction are some of the areas where jute geotextiles can be used.
Mr Gurung, in his address, thanked the organisers for inviting him and assured cooperation for the good of the State.
He also highlighted that the State’s geographical location amidst the young fold mountains of Himalayas with high seismic activity must be taken into account while exploring ideas.
Adding further, the Minister asked the concerned organisers and stakeholders to identify places in the State where work can be undertaken.
Stating that the State is organic and eco-friendly, he assured that the department is interested in taking up such novel techniques.
In his welcome note, Director, IJIRA, Dr US Sarma, elucidated the benefits of jute particularly as geotextile used in construction which can help a Himalayan State like Sikkim in achieving road longevity.
He also said that IJIRA has been actively working in the North East region to popularise jute as a geotextile material “which has high comparative strength at low cost”. Further, he requested the state government for projects in jute geotextlies.
Speaking on the advantages of jute, he said that it is also a soil saver which acts as an agent of soil conservation. The association, with its head office in Kolkata and regional branch in Guwahati, is making its first foray into the State with this one-day technical workshop.
Secretary, M Dhungel, while delivering his speech highlighted slope treatment in cutting hills for roads in the State with landslides as a major problem. He laid stress on stabilisation of slopes and jhoras for better roads in which jute geotextiles could come in handy.
In the technical session, various stakeholders discussed important topics related to jute geotextile.