Nitin Gadkari: Bamboo Industry has potential to be worth Rs30,000cr

Gadkari said that use of jute and coir mattresses is soon going to be made mandatory for all NHAI roads.

Mar 24, 2021 11:03 IST India Infoline News Service

Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari states that there is a need to increase demand for bamboo.

He said that bamboo has potential to be used as an alternative to coal and can also be used in construction. Gadkari said that use of jute and coir mattresses is soon going to be made mandatory for all NHAI roads. He advocated varied use of traditional materials like jute, coir and bamboo by developing them further.

Gadkari expressed hope that, with integrated efforts from all stakeholders, bamboo industry in India will be worth 25-30 thousand crore rupees.Technologically proven, cost effective and attractive product designing can establish and promote the use and demand of bamboo, which will encourage people to go for bamboo plantation.

He assured all assistance from Ministry of MSME for any scheme related to promotion of bamboo. The Minister said that we need more research, more appropriate approach for product development, market support. He also said that he is trying to get 50 per cent subsidy from Railways for bamboo and bamboo sticks.

He exuded confidence that by increasing use and requirement of bamboo will lead to increase in its plantation. He said that bamboo can also be used to make bio-CNG and charcoal and IITs can be roped in to conduct further research on this with help of special grants from Bamboo Mission. 

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