Bamboo park to come up in Paoni

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 10:39:50

 The bamboo after treatment

By Ramesh Marulkar,

A bamboo treatment and complete value-addition unit, involving a cost of Rs 2.50 crore, is being developed by Maharashtra Bamboo Development Board (MBDB) in collaboration with Aerospace Division of Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, at Paoni situated around 65 km on Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway. The idea is to develop bamboo park at Paoni.

The latest and space technology is being used for treatment of bamboo in order to flush out starch. This helps increase life of bamboo. MBDB is procuring technology while the first instrument is likely to be installed at Paoni depot in one month. Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) has bamboo forest in 2,300 hectares under its control in and around Paoni. Thus, the unit will have readymade availability of raw material. Dr N Rambabu, Managing Director, FDCM, has agreed to extend active cooperation to this proposed modern bamboo unit.

This was disclosed by TSK Reddy, Managing Director, MBDB, Nagpur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Friday. He said that along with bamboo treatment unit there would be value-addition activities for producing bamboo wood, bamboo particle, bamboo board, bamboo charcoal and other items. Prof Jagadish Gopalan from Aerospace Division of the institute, specially came from Bangaluru on Thursday and inspected suitable location for setting up of the bamboo unit in Paoni. Reddy pointed out that the bamboo treatment plant would require Rs 33 lakh while over Rs two crore would be investment for fully developing this proposed unit.