Jute geo-textiles for railway track: MamataFebruary 24th, 2010 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said her department would explore the possibility of using jute geo-textiles in railway tracks - a decision welcomed by the jute industry.
“Railways will explore the possibility of using jute geo-textiles wherever the soil formation of the railway track is unstable and weak,” she said in her budget speech.
“It’s a nice decision. It gives validation to our efforts with jute geo-textiles in the last few years,” Atri Bhattacharya, Jute Manufactures Development Council (JMDC) secretary, told IANS.
In road construction, jute geo-textiles give more durability to roads. Geo-textile is eco-friendly, bio-degradable material that is used for soil conservation and soil management. For roads, jute is used as a sub-grade between the foundation and the upper layer.
“We have already used geo-textiles for two stretches of railway track between Madhusudhanpur and Sebaichandi section of the Howrah-Burdwan chord line, which has helped reduce the subsidence level to a huge extent,” he said.
Bhattacharya also mentioned that this approach would open up a huge opportunity for the domestic market.
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