Jute geotextiles tech makes road debut in State

Jute geotextiles tech makes road debut in State

IMPHAL, Feb 7: For the first time in the State, roads built under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) have started using jute geotextiles during construction.
Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA), under the supervision of Rural Engineering Department/ Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency (RED/MSRRDA), Manipur, and the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, began implementing jute geotextiles for the first time in the State at Hiyanglam, Kakching district today.
As part of PMGSY’s X (10th) phase, jute geotextiles were used in the construction of around 2.50 kilometres of the 5.30 kilometres long Hiyanglam to Hiranmei road today.
Director of IJIRA, Kolkata, Dr US Sarma, senior scientist Dr Mahua Ghosh, Officer in-charge of North Eastern Regional Centre, IJIRA, Th Basanta, Superintending Engineer of RED/MSRRDA, Khaidem Dheinyachandra as well as numerous officials were present at the spot during the execution of the work.
According to SE, Khaidem Dheinyachandra, jute geotextiles will be implemented/used on two roads, namely Hiyanglam to Hiranmei road and the Thounaojam to Elangkhangpokpi road , as a trial run.
He also pointed out that synthetic geotextiles have already been used in two roads of Imphal East district.
Use of jute geotextiles increases the strength, durability and the California Bearing Ratio/CBR (weight bearing capacity) of the roads.
If the method proves successful in a State like Manipur which experiences lots of rainfall and has loose soil, steps will be taken up to use jute geotextiles in other roads of the State as well, he added.
Speaking to media persons, IJIRA senior scientist, Dr Mahua Ghosh said that jute geotextiles have already been used successfully in five different States.
This is the first time the method has been implemented systematically and scientifically in Manipur, she added.
She explained that three types of jute geotextiles are used in construction of roads, namely normal jute geotextile, treated jute geotextile and blended jute geotextile.
Treated jute geotextiles are created using a repellent and an anti microbial finish while the blended jute geotextile is created using a mixture which comprises of 20 percent synthetic geotextile, she added.
The senior scientist further informed that the first and the last 500 metres of the 2.50 kilometres long stretch are controlled section.
The remaining portion of the stretch will constructed in such a way that the three types of jute geotextiles are used in three different 500 metres stretch, Dr Mahua Ghosh explained.
The Ministry of Textiles has also approved the use of jute geotextiles in 19 projects at various parts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Tamenglong and Senapati district, she added.

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