Bodhjungnagar (Tripura), Mar.27 ANI | 1 year ago

India's first Bamboo Park in Tripura, set up last year to recognise and encourage bamboo-based artisans, will soon start exporting its bamboo floor tiles to European countries.

After facing many hurdles and trials, production finally started this month and in the next three months, the production for the international markets will start as well.

Assistant General Manager of the Bamboo Park, Sanjoy Singh, said the quality of bamboo tiles at their factory is similar to that of wood floorings.

"So, this is a green product what we are having, and in that we can go as far as we want to have stretch, so we have started with bamboo wood flooring and the feel and look is exactly like hard wood flooring, but it is many times better. The most important thing is that it is an eco-friendly product and made in India for the first time, for the first of its kind Bamboo Park here in India established," said Sanjoy on Wednesday.

The Bamboo Park was set up at the Bodhjungnagar, an Industrial Growth Centre, situated around 15 kilometres away from capital Agartala, which was earlier a heavily insurgency inflicted area but has now become peaceful and friendly due to investments made by people from outside.

The Bamboo Park also helped diminish many concerns, one of them being that of environment. With the use and promotion of bamboo floorings, the reliability on wood floorings will reduce which will eventually help in the reduction of cutting down of forests. The bamboo factory also generated employment for people of the region.

"The local youth has got employment here and are running their family from the earnings. We took training here and also got the job. We are paid reasonably well and on time," said a factory worker, Kartik Debnath.

Even the bamboo farmers are earning pretty well since the Park was set up at Bodhjungnagar.

The factory was set up by a Mumbai-based industrial group called Mutha Industries Private Limited (MIPL) at a cost of rupees 500 million on a 10-acre plot of land.

It employs technology imported from China, Germany and Taiwan. The employees were trained with trainers from China and Taiwan in order to have them acquainted with the technology and give performance to the best of their abilities.

Tripura is very rich in bamboo stock, with 19 to 20 species available. It is often referred to as the 'green gold' in the northeastern region. The state government kick started the project of country's first Bamboo Park five years ago at a cost of rupees 300 million.

India has a stock of 145 bamboo species out of world's total 1250 species. Bamboo forests in the country occupy around 10.03 million hectares, and count for about 12 percent of the total forest area of the country.

Around 28 percent of the bamboo forests are located in the northeastern region of the country out of which Tripura is one of the major bamboo producing provinces. It produces 1.5 million tonnes of total 13.67 million tonnes of bamboo produced in the nation every year.

(Posted on 27-03-2014)

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