Travelling in rural road is the most scariest things commuters fear in India. The huge potholes, the under- constructed roads, the mudy and dusty huge patches cover maximum stretches of Indian rural.
Indian Roads Congress (IRC) had even released the Rural Road Specification Code, 2014, detailing how to use locally available material such as jute, coir and waste such as fly ash, plastic rubbish, paper mill sludge and construction and demolition debris in laying rural roads. IRC is a subsidiary body of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways that sets design and material specifications for roads and bridges.
Coir Board secretary M. Kumara Raja said that the Indian Road Congress and the National Rural Road Development Agency had approved the use of coir geotextile in nine States, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu, the National Institute of Technology at Tiruchi had used it on a trial basis.
The use of coir geotextile as a layer while laying a road increases its life and reduces the cost.
Raja added that the Coir Board and the Silk Board have jointly developed a blended fabric of silk and coir.
Export of coir pith is to the tune of Rs. 450 crore now from Tamil Nadu. The domestic and international business of coir pith from the State has the potential to increase multi-fold, he said.
The Department of Textile Technology and Automobile Engineering of PSG College of Technology and Ministry of Textiles organised a seminar here on Saturday on business opportunities and manufacturing of products using coir needle felt.
The Union government has provided Rs. 25 crore for setting up the centre. The Coir Board plans to organise an awareness meeting on coir geotextiles next month for engineers of the Highways departments in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.