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Coir Geo textiles gets nod for Rural Road Construction

News:National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency(NRIDA) has announced that coir geo textiles will be used for construction of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III).

Facts:

  • Coir geotextiles is a woven net material made of coconut husk. 
  • It is being used to check soil erosion, road-building and renovation of water bodies and landfills.
  • Significance:
    • It is naturally resistant to rot, molds and moisture and free from any microbial attack hence it needs no chemical treatment.
    • It has the right strength, permeability and durability to protect the slopes from erosion while allowing vegetation to flourish.

Additional Facts:

  • Geotextile: It refers to a permeable synthetic textile material.Generally it is produced from polyester or polypropylene polymers.They are used to increase soil stability, provide erosion control or aid in drainage.
  • PMGSY: It was launched in 2000 by the Ministry of Rural Development.It aims to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy.
  • Phase-3 of PMGSY will be implemented from 2019-20 to 2024-25.It proposes to consolidate roads measuring 1.25 lakh km in length.
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