Ministry of Textiles24-March, 2015 18:43 IST
Scheme to Promote Geotechnical Textiles in North East


Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched a scheme to promote usage of Geotechnical Textiles in the North Eastern Region of India, at Imphal today.


The scheme has the following basic objectives:

a.       To demonstrate use of geotechnical textiles as a  modern cost-effective technology in the development of infrastructure in fragile geological conditions of NER;

b.      To improve the durability, function and life of infrastructure in NER, while bringing down the life cycle cost of the projects;

c.       To promote the use of geotechnical textile materials and create a market for these products in NER by inducing demand in infrastructure development;

d.      To stimulate investment and development of technical textile industry in NER and rest of the country.


In addition, the scheme intends to also develop a set of standards and specifications for the products as well as projects using these materials. The scheme will also develop literature/manuals for inspection and testing and other aspects of construction using these materials. 


The ultimate objective is to introduce modern cost-effective technology pertaining to the application and usage of geotechnical textiles in the development of infrastructure of NE Region, which is likely to boost the region’s economy.


The Textiles Minister said that the scheme is being launched, recognizing the relevance and potential of the application of Geotechnical Textiles in the North Eastern Region (NER).


The Minister said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has a special concern for the states of the North Eastern Region. In line with this, the Ministry of Textiles is implementing various schemes to boost the textiles sector in the region.


Shri Gangwar expressed his Ministry’s commitment in pursuing the development of all segments of textiles industry in North East, by giving particular thrust to improving earnings of primary producers and workers. He said that the Ministry is working in a committed manner to enable the workers of the Indian textiles sector to get due value for their rich cultural products. He assured that all necessary cooperation will be extended to all stakeholders for strengthening the textiles sector in the country.


Secretary, Textiles, Dr. S. K. Panda said that the Ministry has tried to give maximum possible attention to the states of the North East Region. He said that the textiles sector has huge potential for generating income and employment. He highlighted how usage of geotechnical textiles can enable construction of roads which last long and require little maintenance.


The scheme for promotion of Geotechnical Textiles in the North East has been approved for five years - from 2014-‘15 to 2018-‘19 - with a financial outlay of INR 427 Crores. The scheme has been formulated with active involvement of key stakeholders and North Eastern State governments, including Government of Manipur. The State Level Coordination Committee (SLCC) of Govt. of Manipur has also approved two projects for road construction and four projects for water reservoirs.

Geotechnical Textiles: A Brief


India is headed towards making a significant place for itself in the global Technical Textiles Market. Technical Textiles sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the Indian economy. It has registered a compounded annual rate of growth of 11% during the period 2007-2012; as per the estimates for the period 2012-2017 by the sub-group on technical textiles, technical textiles market size is expected to grow at CAGR of 20% and reach US $ 26 Billion (INR 1,58,540 Crore) by 2016-17 from the market size of US $ 11.6 Billion (INR 70,151 Crore) in 2012-13. Market size in the current year is projected at US $ 18.2 Billion (INR 1,09,659 Crore).


Geotechnical Textiles is a proven technology world over. Geotechnical Textiles provide the functional advantages of higher endurance and durability in roads and infrastructure projects. Most of the developed countries have established empirical evidence about these advantages through numerous studies as well as onsite trials. In consideration of these benefits, Geotechnical Textiles have now become a way of life in the developed parts of the world.


Countries such as USA, UK, Germany and other parts of Western Europe, have detailed construction codes for most of the geotechnical textile applications in roads and highways construction, with reference to material specifications and test standards.

Geotechnical Textiles for North Eastern Region

The topography of the North Eastern region (NER) makes application of geotechnical textiles particularly suitable for the region in infrastructure projects relating to road construction, river bank erosion control and slope erosion control.


For example, the rain conditions and overflowing of Brahmaputra River during monsoons causes a significant damage to life, property and economy of North East. The problem of landslides causes blockages in roads which at times take weeks to be resolved. Geotechnical Textile technology has the potential to provide a durable and economic solution to address these problems in NER.


The North Eastern Region has a total road network of 81,960 kms and provides the arterial network for transportation in the region in the absence of viable alternate modes of transport through a hilly terrain. However, road transportation is constrained both by inadequate quality and deterring climatic conditions. Road infrastructure represents the most obvious area of opportunity for Geotechnical Textile segment in North East Region due to the direct applicability, proven technology as well as the sheer scale of projects.


As the potential for these technologies is immense and the benefits are lucrative, it is important to note that the industry stakeholders will have to play a key role in ensuring that these superior yet affordable technologies find their way onto contractor’s projects. The promotion of these technologies includes liaison between various departments and government bodies, such as Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Indian Road Congress and National Highway Authority of India. The Ministry of Textiles is continuously coordinating with such entities to ensure that Geotechnical textiles find wider acceptance and application.


The clearly high demand for effective solutions to combat the problems rendered to infrastructure in NER deem it worthwhile to promote geotechnical textiles, as the traditional solutions used by State Departments and other project authorities are not as durable and require much more frequent maintenance compared to these modern and cost-effective technical textile solutions.


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