The government has approved the use of coir geotextile in the construction of rural roads and it will give the coir industry a big boost, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Medium and small micro-enterprises (MSME).
The coconut geotextiles will be used for the construction of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III), the minister said.
“This is a very important development because we have now succeeded in deploying a coconut fiber geotextile in road construction. The decision will give the coir industry a big boost, especially during these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, ”Gadkari said.
According to the PMGSY guidelines on new technologies for road construction, a length of 15% in each lot of proposals must be built using new technologies. Of this total, 5% of roads must be built using IRC (Indian Road Congress) accredited technology. IRC has now accredited coconut fiber geotextiles for the construction of
In accordance with the guidelines, 5% of the length of rural roads under PMGSY-III will be constructed using coir geotextiles. This means that a total of 1,674 km of road will be constructed using coir geotextiles in seven states. For the length of 1,674 km of road, a square meter of coir geotextiles would cost Rs 70 crore.
The move opens up huge market potential for coir geotextiles in the country and will be a boon for the coir industry affected by COVID-19, Gadkari said.