Staff Reporter

  • Equipment worth Rs. 15 lakhs to be purchased for Regional Science Centre
  • Artisans designing `kalamkari' art not getting qualitative raw materials

    VIJAYAWADA: Krishna District Collector Navin Mittal on Friday advised officials of the Andhra Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (APCOST) to conduct research in vegetable dyes being used in `kalamkari' designs.

    Addressing the Regional Science Centre's advisory committee meeting, Mr. Mittal said though the demand was high for vegetable dyes, the product available in the market was not of superior quality. As a result, the market was not so encouraging for the dyes and the artisans who were eking out their livelihood by designing `kalamkari' art were not getting qualitative raw materials, he observed.

    Mr. Mittal underlined the need for making available vegetable dyes with superior quality by using available technology.

    Suggestions invited

    He invited suggestions from the scientists of the APCOST to this effect. "If the product is of good quality, marketing will not be a problem. We can send it even to international market," he felt. The Collector said equipment worth Rs. 15 lakhs would be purchased for the Regional Science Centre. In addition, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan would release Rs. 25 lakhs.

    Mr. Mittal urged Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar to take steps to remove encroachments around the centre. He asked the officials of Tourism Department to recognise the centre as a tourist spot.