The Indian authorities planned to promote the use of jute geotextiles (JGT).
A five-year, US$3.6-million project to identify potentially important JGT for use in control of soil erosion and rural road construction and standardisation of design, methodology and specifications for use of jute geotextiles was formally launched by the Union Textiles Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in late 2009.
Under the project, 26 field trials would be conducted – 16 in India and 10 in Bangladesh – to certify and standardise the effectiveness of JGT.
While the Indian government would invest US$1.25 million to implement the project activities in India, the Bangladeshi government would contribute US$0.57 million.
The Common Fund for Commodities, based in Amsterdam of the Netherlands, an intergovernmental body within the framework of the UN, will also finance the project with the Dhaka-based International Jute Study Group (Bangladesh) being the supervisory body. The Jute Manufacturers Development Council (JMDC) in Kolkata (India) serves as the executive arm for the project.
Mr Maran said that jute geotextiles command a business potential of Rs 1,260 crore in the 21,000-km national highway being upgraded by the Indian government.