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State of Bihar is facing heavy silt load during the rainy season through rivers: Kosi, Kamla, Gandak, Bagmati Mahanada etc. State Government of Bihar had earlier requested TIFAC to take up this problem and find out technological measures to address this issue through disposal, utilization or produce value added products.  The silt accumulated at River Kosi was taken up initially.

Towards this, it was decided that initially samples would be collected from first 50 KMs of Kosi river bed by CSIR - Central Road Research Institute - Delhi, CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute – Kolkata and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Patna branch for their evaluation, testing, characterization and evolving a strategy for their disposal, utilization or usage in value added products.  

Samples were collected by all the above three institutions. Under the project, CSIR – CGCRI, Kolkata, has developed value added ceramic products like wash basin, tiles, bricks etc. Further sample collection from other Kosi silt sites is underway.