Tripura to set up Bamboo Park

The Tripura government has decided to set up a bamboo park at Bodhjungnagar industrial park.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 13:47 PM IST

Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to set up a bamboo park at Bodhjungnagar industrial park, 13 km from here, to ensure value addition to raw bamboo, which is abundantly available in the state.
Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services has been entrusted with the task of establishing the Rs 29.35 crore bamboo park, which will produce items like bamboo flooring, laminated board, mat board, corrugated roofing sheet and incense sticks, Tripura Commerce and Industries Minister Jiten Chowdhury said.

"From trade facilitation centre to bamboo splitting and slivering - all kinds of modern facilities will be available in the proposed park," said an official of the Industries Department.

"Our main thrust would be to give a fillip to the bamboo growers who are selling raw bamboo for cheap. Bamboo growers would benefit immensely if value addition is ensured to raw bamboo," he pointed out.

Side by side, the Forest Department has also evolved a comprehensive plan to boost bamboo cultivation.

As per the plan, 26,107 hectares of land will be brought under integrated bamboo cultivation in the next financial year (2011-12).

In the last two financial years, over 10,000 hectares of land were covered with different kind of species of bamboo.

"The supply of bamboo from hills has significantly dwindled over the past few years that resulted in abrupt hike in the bamboo price," said Madan Paul, a bamboo-seller and stockist here.

China`s Nanjing Forestry University has offered to provide technology for value addition to bamboo.

The Bamboo Engineering Research Centre at the Nanjing University has concluded after extensive research that the bamboo varieties found in the state could be used in making floor tiles, building materials and handicraft.