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Meghalaya to get geo-textile and geo-cell technology

Meghalaya is set to introduce “geo-textile and geo-cell” technology for construction of roads, besides also undertaking erosion and flood control embankments in the state under the initiative of National Textile Corporation Limited (NTCL), a Government of India Undertaking.

Geo-textiles are technical textiles used for the purpose of geo-technical application like road and railway, reinforced steep slopes, walls, landfills, brownfields, coastline protections, tunneling, sinkholes, granular columns, among others. NTCL officials recently visited a site for the pilot project at Ballonggre, near Tura. NTCL Director (marketing) Aloke Banerjee gave a presentation to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, which was also attended by PWD officials and DC-in-charge Dikki D Shira.

He spoke about how the geo-textile technology can improve the stability of the soil, which would increase the viability and strength of the road. The government has also decided to explore possibilities of using the technology for strengthening embankment along the Jinjiram river in plain belt areas of West Garo Hills, which is prone to flood. The company will also provide technology for sloping along the roads, which are prone to landslide by using “geo-cell” technology.