Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurating a one-day workshop on product and industrial use of bamboo in Agartala Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: In a move to conserve rainwater for the crisis situations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) government has decided to construct 1,477 check dams across the state, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday.

Inaugurating a one-day workshop on ‘Product and industrial use of bamboo’, Deb said that, about 1,447 check dams would be constructed under the project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which would help in flood control and fisheries. It would also help in attracting tourist and recharging of groundwater so that agriculture farmers are also benefited and also it will help the indigenous people who all are living in hilly areas and facing a drinking water crisis.

“We have already installed 332 check dams in the state. Now we have decided to set up more 1,477 dams in low and hilly areas. So we can conserve the rainwater. The indigenous people living in hilly areas would be benefitted as they can use it for their daily needs, since the percentage of rail fall in Tripura is very good,” Deb said.

The project cost would be borne by JICA for the installation of those dams across the state. “Earlier in the month of January during the launch of the second phase of the JICA project the ‘Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management’ was started. The new project has been designed to reduce the soil erosion, leading to siltation of rivers and water bodies leading to regular flash-flood and reducing of the water table, mainly due to degradation of the forest through the plantation in the catchment areas. This project will be implemented in seven districts of the state and the project cost would be about Rs 1,000 crore,” chief minister Deb said.

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Talking further about the bamboo industry in the state, the CM said that his government is trying to increase the market place for bamboo-made products.

“Bamboo now falls under the grass category, thus people can plant and cut it for making products out of it. Out of the total bamboo produced in India, Northeast has a share of about 66%. Even though the state produces huge amount of bamboos every year, the industry could not take off due to lack of skill and training to the bamboo growers, artisans. But, this government is making an effort to boost up the market for bamboo made products,” he said.

The project covering around 50,000 hectares of area in Tripura will have various types of plantations in the stream sides and the focus shall be on bamboo. The government has also decided to undertake massive bamboo cultivation covering 15,000 hectares in the state, Deb added.

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