Proposed schemes during 12th Five Year Plan

For the 12th FYP, five new Schemes have been proposed by the Ministry with focus as under:

a.    Scheme for Usage of Geotextiles in North Eastern Region (Fund allocation – US$ 90.91 million (INR 500 Crs))

Aim: The aim of the scheme is to promote and utilize Geotextiles in development of the infrastructure in the NE states by providing technological and financial support for meeting additional costs, if any, due to the usage of Geotextiles in existing or  new projects in road, hill and slope protection, water reservoirs and river bank erosion control.

Main components of the scheme:

It is proposed that in the project period (5 years), roads in the NE may be constructed with Geotextiles. Similarly, vulnerable river banks may be protected by Geotextiles, hill slope/embankment slope, water reservoirs spread over the NE region may be taken up for stabilization with Geotextiles. The Projects would be identified in consultation with the State-Governments & concerned Stakeholder Agencies. The funding under this scheme will be undertaken for 2 major components:

a)    Application of geotextiles solutions including onsite installation (US$ 77.64 million)

b)    Sensitization activities, market studies, on-site testing, training and capacity building, etc. (US$ 11.45 million)

Target and expected outcomes:

  • Increased consumption of Geotextile products in the NE region
  • Expansion of the sustainable market of geo-textiles in hill/ soil protection, river bank erosion control, water reservoir solutions and road construction in NE Region of India.
  • Awareness on use of quality certified Geotextile products in the NE region
  • Study on the performance of various types of geo-textiles through field trials complemented by laboratory tests, and simulation modeling, development of specifications and design methodologies for field application in the areas of soil erosion control (river bank protection and hill slope management), water reservoir and road construction
  • Cost-benefit analysis, development of capacities amongst the State Governments (& other agencies), and dissemination of project results to the end users and the stakeholders

b.    Special Incentive Package Scheme for speciality fibres (Estimated fund requirement - US$ 36.36 million (INR 200 Crs))

Aim: For strengthening the raw material base for Indian technical textile industry, a special incentive package to enable Indian / foreign companies to set up manufacturing facilities for identified speciality fibres is proposed with special incentives of upto 20% on capital expenditure.

c.    Setting –Up of Revolving Funds for Providing Assistance to Entrepreneurs for R & D (Estimated fund requirement – US$ 9.09 million (INR 50 Crs))

Aim: A collaborative programme of MOT could be launched in association with Financing Agency like SIDBI to support the indigenization needs of the technical textile industry for innovative technological development