Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
26-April-2012 17:38 IST
Coir GEO-Textiles
Coir Geotextiles when used on the soft soil for construction of village roads have been found to perform very well as reinforcement, filter, drainage and separation materials in comparison to the conventionally used materials like synthetics, cement, lime, etc. The National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA), Government of India has approved Central Coir Research Institute (CCRI) as a nodal institute for application of Coir Geotextiles in construction of rural roads. Indian Roads Congress (IRC), New Delhi has also given the accreditation for the use of Coir Geotextiles in the roads for a period of 2 years with effect from 18 April, 2011.

Research studies have shown that Coir Geotextiles are useful in rural road construction, but they have not been used in a big way till now. Potential of a market for Coir Geotextiles based on rural road construction is there.

For the evaluation of its effectiveness, inter alia a collaborative project has been initiated by the Central Coir Research Institute (CCRI) with National Institute of Technology, Calicut with the in-principle approval of the Airports Authority of India.

This information was given by the Union Cabinet Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Virbhadra Singh in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.