New Delhi: Among many unique handmade crafts being promoted at the India International Trade Fair going on at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Coir Geo-textile, a handmade concept is a new feature this year. It’s a unique concept used for road construction, the experiment of which has been carried out in Kerala and Karnataka.
The handmade Coir Geo-textile is used as a layer during road construction which does not leave the surface of newly constructed roads uneven and ensures firm grip of concrete material on the road.
It can also be used in the construction of pavement and drainage to ensure grass to contain soil erosion.
Produced by a group of rural based entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu, the Coir Geo-textile is approved by Central Coir Research Institute (CCRI) for road construction in rural areas. It has also got approval from Indian Road Congress (IRC).
It is a fully handmade product produced by women in a recycling machine. Rupesh K P, a member of Central Coir Research Institute, said, “We have used it on an experiment basis to construct a 7-km road in rural Tamil Nadu. Indian Institute of Technology of Delhi (IIT-Delhi) is also conducting a study on it. We have come to promote it at the Trade Fair with an aim to get attention of people and government agencies.”
“Use of coir’s layer between soil and concrete materials of road maintains a balance and reduces the possibility of potholes on roads. Research has shown that Coir Geo-textiles are useful in construction of rural roads but have not been used in a big way till now,” he added.
After five days of successful business, the Trade Fair drew a large number of visitors on Monday, the day the fare was opened for general public.