Brief record note on the proceedings of the National Seminar for dissemination of the findings & activities of the project on Development & Application of Potentially Important Jute geo-textiles project (CFC/IJSG/21)


Title of the Project         


Development & Application of Potentially Important Jute Geotextiles

Project Code                


CFC / IJSG / 21

Date  of  Commencement                        


The project was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Govt. of India on 12th November, 2009 at New Delhi & the project physically took off on 1st January, 2010.



60 months w.e.f.  01.01.2010



Topaz Hall of Hotel Hindusthan International, Kolkata



10:30 A.M. – 06:00 P.M.



The Seminar was inaugurated with speeches by:


  • Mr. N Sengupta, Chief Finance Officer & Assistant Secretary of National Jute Board welcomed all the dignitaries and invited participants attending the National Seminar on behalf of the Project Executing Agency (PEA) in absence of the Secretary, National Jute Board who had been on an official overseas assignment. He spelt out the specific purpose of this seminar.

  • Mr. K. M. Rahman, Executive Director, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC), Bangladesh, Dhaka welcomed all the dignitaries and participants on behalf of JDPC, the Collaborating Agency of the project in Bangladesh.

  • Mr. Sietse van der Werff, Senior Project Manager, Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) on behalf of the funding agency stated that the results achieved till inception of the project would be deliberated in today’s seminar by different scientists, researchers and other institutions directly involved in implementation of this international project. A similar seminar would be held also in Bangladesh shortly.

  • Dr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, speaking on behalf of Ministry of Textiles Govt. of India, emphasized that we are propagating the use of Jute Geotextiles (JGT) not only on the consideration that it would help the jute industry to flourish or the growers to get a remunerative price but more due to the fact that it is a product which serves the purpose for which it is meant for and is therefore worth promoting. He mentioned that in fact the product has already established its efficacy in some specified application areas and GoI is inclined to promote the use of JGT in these specified areas. He remarked that the seminar would deliberate on the usefulness and efficacy of JGT and would present the results obtained under this important project.

  • Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, International Jute Study Group (IJSG) welcomed all the participants and jute-related organizations in India & Bangladesh. He expressed that presence and deliberations of eminent academics, researchers, engineers & technologists from India and Bangladesh would throw light on the achievements done in last four years since inception of the project.


The abstracts of all the presentations to be made by different speakers were distributed to all the participants in a booklet form.


Technical Session – I

The session was chaired by Dr. G. V. Rao, Ex-HoD, Civil Engineering Department, IIT, Delhi and Chairman of the Standardization Committee constituted for the India part of the project. The following presentations were made.


  • Mr. T. Sanyal, Chief Consultant, NJB presented an overview of the status of the activities under the project as on 31st August, 2013 through his presentation titled “Development & Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles for Erosion Control & Rural Road Construction (CFC/IJSG/21) – An overview” highlighting significant interim findings which indicate the trend of the final results to emerge. 

  • Mr. A K Khastagir, Project Manager, NJB as next speaker presented a topic on “Discourse on the impediments to larger acceptability of JGT”.

  • Ms. Rumki Saha, Jr. Executive, NJB presented Economical and Environmental Advantages of using Jute Geo-textiles (JGT) in Rural Road, River Bank Protection and Hill Slope Management.

  • Mr. P K Choudhury, Project Co-coordinator, IJIRA presented a paper on “Design and Development of Potentially Important Jute Geotextiles (JGT)” detailing the fabric engineering aspect for the design & development of potentially important JGT.

  • Dr. S K Ghosh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Jute & Fibre Technology (DJFT), University of Calcutta presented a paper on “Optimization of property parameters of woven Jute Geotextiles for potential applications in the field of geotechnical constructions”.

  • Dr. Ambarish Ghosh of Bengal Engineering & Science University (BESUS) presented a paper on “Load settlement behaviour of Jute Geotextile reinforced subgrade of rural road using ABAQUS”.

Thereafter, there were three presentations back to back by three scientists from Central Soil & Water Conservation Research & Training Institute Research Centre (CSWCRTI), the institute entrusted for field trial application, prototype study and monitoring of the performance of Jute Geotextiles in hill slope management works.


  • Dr. G P Juyal, Principal Scientist & Head (Divn. of Hydrology & Eng.) CSWCRTI, Dehradun presented a paper on “Application of Jute Geotextile for Hill Slope Management in Uttarakhand.

  • Dr. S Manivannan, Sr. Scientist, CSWCRTI, Research Centre, Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu presented a paper on “Effect of different Jute Geotextiles on Hill Slope Stabilisation in Nilgiri hills in Ooty with results of Prototype studies.

  • Dr. V K Bhatt, Principal Scientist (Engg.) CSWCRTI, Chandigarh presented a paper on “Application of Jute Geotextile in Punjab Shivaliks for control of mass erosion in Shivalik hills (mid-Western Himalayas) for control of mass erosion.

  • Mr. Dipankar Chakraborti, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC), the last speaker of this session presented “Market Need Assessment and Supply Chain Analysis for JGT” highlighting the approach of PwC, interim findings and future emphasis.

Discussion and Q&A session took place at the end of the Technical Session No. I when representatives of the user organization expressed their views. 

Mr. U K GuruVittal, Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi remarked that by using of JGT-

(i)                 Enhancement of CBR value of sub-grades of the rural roads would depend on the moisture content of soil.

(ii)               Performance evaluation of the rural road with respect to flexural-rigidity and strength values should be considered.


Mr. Mahesh M. Hiremath, Chief Engineer from KRRDA thanked NJB for undertaking the project on JGT. He opined that R & D projects undertaken by them in the state for construction of rural roads of about 500 K.M. in seven districts by using JGT had been completed. Guidance from NJB would be required for the performance evaluation of the roads.  Decision of further construction of the roads using JGT would be taken on the basis of the performance of the roads already constructed. 

In course of the deliberations, an issue was raised regarding the cost of JGT as compared to its natural and synthetic substitute. It was clarified that JGT is the cheapest as compared to its substitutes apart from its environmental advantage.

Technical Session – II  

The session started after lunch break. 

This session was chaired by Dr. Md. Hossain Ali, Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) & Chairman, Standardization Committee, Bangladesh part of the project.  

At the beginning of the session there were four presentations highlighting the project activities in Bangladesh.

  • Dr. Mohammad Sariful Islam, Associate Professor of BUET presented two consecutive papers on (1) “Project Overview on the progress & achievements in Bangladesh” and (2) “Findings of Field Trials & Simulation Study – Bangladesh part”.

  • Mr. Delawar Hossain Molla, Principal Scientific Officer and Programme Director, SRDI, Dhaka presented a paper on “Performance of Jute Geo-textiles for Soil Erosion Control and management of Chittagong Hilly areas of Bangladesh”.

  • Major Asif Mohmmad Saleh, Project Officer, SWO, Dhaka presented a paper on “Sequential development of the JGT field trial application on Hill Slope Stabilization with the performance status, findings, recommendations and challenges in accomplishing of such trial”.

  • Thereafter, Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty, Dy. Director, Hydraulic Study Dept., Kolkata Port Trust presented a paper on “ADCP- an useful instrument in the stability analysis of Bank protection works by JGT” detailing the usefulness of Acoustic Doppler Curent Profiler (ADCP), an instrument for collection of hydraulic data in rivers and the related analysis about the flow-trends.

IIT, Kharagpur has successfully developed an eco-friendly durable & water-repellent additive for river-related applications. This is a better and cheaper substitute of the conventional bituminized JGT so far in use. IJIRA has also developed a water-repellent additive. JGT with both the treatments has been used at Santipur site under Nadia District. There were two presentations on this subject.

  • Prof. Dr. Debasis Roy and Mr. Subhendu Manna, Dept. of Civil Engg. IIT, Kharagpur elaborated the efficacy and procedure of application alkaline water based emulsion of neem oil through a paper on “Enhanced tensile strength and bio degradation resistance of jute”. They also placed the treated fabrics for visual assessment by the participants.

  • Mr. S. G. Saha, IJIRA presented a paper on “Development of durable woven Jute Geotextiles for erosion control of river bank” in absence of Dr. Shyamal Chakraborty.

This was followed by two invited presentations, one from the apex road research consultancy organization of India and the other from a leading environmental economist.

  • Mr. Sudhir Mathur, advisor to Director, Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and Member, Indian Roads Congress (IRC) Board presented a paper on “Jute Geotextiles – Potential and Applications in Road Works” referring to the results of applications of jute geo-textiles in road works under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) pilot project for rural road construction in India.

  • Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Environmental Economist, Secretary and Director, DISHA and Principal Advisor of Symbio Greentech Pvt. Ltd. presented a paper on “Integration of Jute Geotextiles use for environmental management” and elaborated the possibility of the use of JGT in conjunction with microbes.

On behalf of Jute Industry of Bangladesh, Engr. Quamrul Ahsan, MD & CEO, Sarah Composite Mills Ltd. expressed that the deliberation in the Seminar was very informative for him and he showed his interest to manufacture and market this innovative product. 

The Chairman of the Technical Session – II commented that Bangladesh being a major jute producing country require diversified use of jute for domestic and foreign markets. Due to lack of awareness about the use of JGT in different applications, people are not properly aware in what way JGT would be beneficial in different uses as a technical textile. He mentioned that standardization for JGT should be prepared as an acceptable document for presentation before the foreign buyers. 

Dr. G V Rao, Ex-HoD, Civil Engineering Department, IIT, Delhi commented as Chairman of the Standardization Committee on various issues related to use of JGT in India. He mentioned that he is not in favour of mandatory use of JGT since he is confident that the product is well competent of its own in justifying its utility to the prospective users.  He mentioned that standardization of different JGT should be drawn up in the similar way as was done for synthetic geotextiles. The test procedure may be different from synthetic geo textiles. Even if the cost of JGT is comparable to SGT, JGT may be favoured on environmental considerations but its application would be site-specific.  

In the concluding session, Mr. Sietse van der Werff, Senior Project Manager, CFC thanked all the participants of the seminar on behalf of CFC. He hoped that the findings of the project would be helpful in gaining the desired market share of JGT which would hopefully result in better return to the jute growers for their produce which is a major concern of CFC. He expressed that he was very much impressed with the presentations made by the different authors on various issues relating to JGT. He mentioned that a lot of information had not been gathered through the deliberations and all these would need to be hosted in project-website indicating the contact address details of the presenters. He pointed out that the remaining field trials would require to be completed as quickly as possible and the data collected through the monitoring process need be properly documented, so that they can be effectively used in establishing the efficacy of JGT in specified areas of application.  He remarked that whether the use of JGT would be mandatory or not is a matter of consideration for the Govt. of India and Bangladesh provided specifications, price, delivery schedule and quality of the end product are strictly adhered to.  Jute mills in India and Bangladesh need to gear up them for production of JGT with acceptable quality standards. The process of standardization of JGT is another very important aspect of this project. He hoped that a similar seminar would be organized in Bangladesh in near future.  

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG commented that messages regarding JGT had gone to all sectors viz. end users, manufacturers, exporters etc. He thanked all concerned in making this seminar a successful event and informed that he is hopeful that JGT is gaining popularity in view of sizable presence of participants even at the end of this seminar. He remarked that let us not crack our head to market size of 10% but the target always should be at 10%. Supply of the product should be in accordance with the specified requirements of the buyers. Sustained efforts on quality and timely supply of ordered material should be ensured. Preference in use of JGT over synthetic geotextiles need be identified in some specific sectors of application and the same should be properly highlighted for both domestic and foreign markets and commercial viability of the product has to be established. He requested the representative of the user organizations and manufactures to attend the National Seminar to be organized in Bangladesh under this project. 

Mr. T. Sanyal, Chief Consultant, NJB proposed the vote of thanks stating that the organizers of this event owe depth of gratitude to all concerned who had been instrumental in making this seminar to take place. He hoped that all the facilitating agencies and the stakeholders of this project would render their best support for successful implementation of the project. He mentioned that as pointed out by Mr. Sietse, PEA would arrange for hosting at the project website a brief proceeding of the seminar along with the PowerPoint presentations made by each speakers of this seminar. A separate anthology of complete papers presented in the seminar would be published by PEA. 


PowerPoint Presentations made in the Seminar



Speakers of the inaugural session 

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Officials who provided PowerPoint Presentations in the Seminar


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Comments from Chairman Standardization Committee –

India & Bangladesh




Comments from some distinguished attendees


A view of the gatherings at the Seminar


Contact address of the officials who presented papers in the seminar:


Sl. No.

Name / Designation / Organization

Contact Address


Mr. T. Sanyal, Chief Consultant, NJB

National Jute Board, Project Management Unit, 75 C, Park Street, 6th Floor, Kolkata- 700016 | E-mail Id –,


Mr. A K Khastagir, Project Manager, NJB


Ms. Rumki Saha, Jr. Executive, NJB


Mr. P K Choudhury, Project Co-coordinator, IJIRA


Dr. S K Ghosh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Jute & Fibre Technology (DJFT), Institute of Jute Technology (IJT),  C.U.

Dept. of Jute and Fibre Technology (DJFT), IJT Calcutta University, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata – 700019 | E-mail Id:,


Dr. Ambarish Ghosh, Professor, Civil Engineering Department, BESUS

Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur,

Howrah – 711 103, West Bengal, India | E-mail Id:,


Dr. G P Juyal, Principal Scientist & Head (Divn. of Hydrology & Eng.) CSWCRTI, Dehradun

Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute, 218, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun – 248195 (India) | E-mail Id:,


Dr. S Manivannan, Sr. Scientist & PI, CSWCRTI, Research Centre, Ooty,  Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu

CSWCRTI, Research Centre, Ooty,  Udhagamandalam-643 004 (The Nilgiris), Tamilnadu | E-mail Id:


Dr. V K Bhatt, Principal Scientist (Engg.) CSWCRTI, Chandigarh

Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Centre, Sector 27-A, Madhya Marg Chandigarh ( India) Pin - 160019 | E-mail Id:


Mr. Dipankar Chakraborti, Director, PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited,
Plot No. 56 & 57, Block DN, Sector V, Salt Lake,
Kolkata - 700 091, India | E-mail Id:


Dr. Mohammad Sariful Islam, Associate Professor, BUET, Dhaka

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Palasey, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh | E-mail Id:,,


Mr. Delawar Hossain Molla, Principal Scientific Officer & Programme Director, SRDI, Dhaka

Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI),
Mrittika Bhaban, Krishikhamar Sarak
Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh | E-mail Id:


Major Asif Mohmmad Saleh, Project Officer, SWO, Dhaka

Special Works Organization (SWO), 17 ECB, Special Works Organization- East (SWO-East), Dhaka, Bangladesh | E-mail Id:


Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty, Dy. Director, Hydraulic Study Dept., Kolkata Port Trust

Kolkata Port Trust,  20, Garden Reach Road, Kolkata-700043 |   Email Id:


Prof. Dr. Debasis Roy, Dept. of Civil Engg. IIT, Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Kharagapur - 721 302 | E-mail Id:,


Mr. S. G. Saha, IJIRA

Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association (IJIRA), 17, Taratola Road, Kolkata – 700 088 | E-mail Id:,,


Mr. Sudhir Mathur, advisor to Director, CRRI & Member, IRC Board

Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Delhi-Mathura Road, New Delhi – 110 020 | E-mail Id:


Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Environmental Economist, Secretary & Director, DISHA and Principal Advisor of Symbio Greentech Pvt. Ltd.

Symbio GreenTech Pvt. Ltd., EKTA Incubation Centre, West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), AQ - 13/1 Salt Lake City, Sector V, Kolkata – 700091 | E-mail Id: