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Manipur uses geo-textiles in road construction

IMPHAL: Manipur became the first among the Northeast states using geo-textiles technology in the road construction with the technology is being using in the ongoing road improvement work along the stretch of the NH-150.

The road improvement work of the stretch of the Imphal-Churachandpur section of NH-150 (Tiddim road) from Imphal’s Keishampat Junction to Tiddim Ground (2.2 Km) is currently taken up with the target to complete before the Manipur Sangai Festival-2015 to be slated forNovember 21.

State Public Work Department (PWD) is implementing the pilot project of the Union ministry of textiles under a scheme for promoting use of Geotechnical Textiles in Northeast region.

Geo fibre is being used on both sides of the 2.2 km stretch of six-lane road. An official said that this fibre helps in the prevention of frequent damage to roads besides being long lasting. 

Expansion and construction of drain on both sides of the NH-150 from Keishampat to Airport stretch of road are currently in progress. 

The road stretch will be constructed in 2-3 layers using the synthetic materials, the official said.
Manipur government has decided to construct the road with geo-textile technology considering the high average annual rainfall of the state. 

For this, the Union ministry of textiles is also understood to have sanctioned Rs 1.45 crore for the project, another official source said.

The state government has also a plan to use the new technology along the Mao-Maram stretch considering the frequent sinking road surfaces and landslides on this section of NH2 which continue to be a major problem for the Border Roads Organization (BRO) even after the area being under them for the past 32 years. 

A team of German consultants had made a field assessment of the various sections of roads in Manipur and identified the portions where the Geo-textiles project would be implemented.

Field inspections had also been carried out on Mao-Maram section as well as on the Ukhrul town road in July this year. The state government is also considering using the new technology for construction of roads under PMGSY. 

The Union ministry concerned has also approved the construction of two community ponds using the new technology in Ukhrul at an estimated cost of Rs 13 lakh each, the source added.

The Union ministry of textiles has a plan to use the new technology in the Northeast region to construct walls along hill slopes, to make roads and to protect river banks.

The ministry has rolled out the scheme to the tune of Rs.427 crore to promote geotechnical textiles in the North East India. 

The new German Geo-textiles technology would be put to use to repair and develop parts of National and State Highways in India that are vulnerable to sinking and landslide under the new initiative of the Central government. Geo-textiles is a very recent technology, which is based on synthetic polymer. It is relatively more resistant to landslide and soil erosion.

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