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Geo-textile tubes: An innovative solution for coastal defences

Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.), a leading solution provider of technical textiles for the Indian and global markets, held a press conference in Bhubaneswar on the success of Pentha Project which was completed within a span of 3 years (2013-2016) in Orissa.

The Pentha project was a pioneering project in Odisha to use soft intervention technology with 3 tiers of geo-textile tubes, for coastal protection. The Geo-textile tubes helped in withstanding the extremely severe cyclones (viz) ‘Phailin’ ,’Hud Hud’ and ‘Fani’ that hit the state of Odisha and its coastal neighbours . The geo-textile tube acts as a massive bund that can be used as a protective measure against tidal wave action due to cyclones or tsunamis. At the time of cyclone last year in the months of April 2019, the Pentha Village and the adjoining villages were not affected because of the existence of the Geosynthetics-Tubes.

The Chief Guest for this occasion was Shri Sujeet Kumar, Advisor, Special Development Council, and Government of Odisha who stated that coastal erosion was an important subject for the state of Odisha. The technical expertise was brought in by Prof Sundarvadivelu of IIT Madras, who had designed the project, and explained the complexities therein, in simple terms.

Sharing his view on the success of the Pentha Project, Mr. Tiru Kulkarni, President Geosynthetics Division Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. stated, “The Pentha Project is a landmark project for Garware technical Fibres Ltd.; as this project had proved to be immense help for the villagers residing along the coastline. The livelihood of people based out at Pentha is primarily based on farming and the Geosynthetics-tubes helps in protecting around 6000 hectares of crop land and prevents the salty water to enter into the paddy fields.”

The Pentha Project is a sea wall embankment, initiated by the Water Resources Department of Odisha and Design & Project Management Consultancy by IIT Madras, using Geotextile tubes at Pentha, Odisha.

Geotextile tubes offer ideal erosion mitigation solution as they are environment friendly and flexible with the nature.


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