‘India Stone mart’
On February 2nd the 9th edition of the ‘India Stone Mart’ was organised by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as co-organizer. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) participated in the event as the Principal Sponsor of the event.
Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat – Chief Guest
The chief guest for the occasion Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said about the event, “Sustainability in the stone sector can be achieved through technological advancements, value addition and judicious excavation”.
The Minister further added that the need of the hour was to increase the value of exports as well as value addition. This was possible with the use of latest technology in mining, processing and stone crafts. Furthermore, the adoption of technical up-gradation will not only help in resource mapping but as well as in reduction of mining and processing waste. He said the theme of the Stone Mart this year ‘Stone for Sustainability’ was most apt and the location of Jaipur was also most fitting given the number of famous monuments it has.
Mr. Shekhawat urged the trade of the stone sector by saying that GST will play a positive role in promotion of industry in the country. There was no need to fear the implementation of the proposed tax system. The event also witnessed participation from many visitors from the industry.
The stone sector in India, the Minister said, was robust with 30% in total world production of 166 million tons of raw stone. It was also the 4th largest exporter of stones with around 9.2% share. Furthermore, it was largest producer of marble, sandstone and serpentine (green marble) in the world. The Indian stone sector, he said, is growing at a steady rate of 15% per annum and has a huge employment potential with direct and indirect employment of over 50 lacs. Similarly, Rajasthan too accounts for 90% of marble, kotastone, and sandstone production in India besides prominent position in slate and granite.
On the occasion the Minister also gave away ‘All India Stone Architectural Awards’ in different categories and released the Exhibitors’ Directory of the mart.
‘All India Stone Architecture Awards’
The 8th edition of the ‘All India Stone Architecture Awards’ was also held during the inauguration of the India Stone Mart today. The awards were given away by the Industries Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat. The winner-architects received a cash prize of Rs. 1.00 lac each in four categories. Under the category ‘Exterior Facings’ – Girish Dariyav Karnawat for the project “Toda Mangra House in Rajsamand”; for ‘Interior Design’ – Changan Suravarapu and Kavita Khatry for the project “Corporate Office for VRV Cryogenics in Chitoor; Green Architecture – Sanjay M. Patil for the project “Farm House at Mahiravani in Nashik”; A ‘Special Jury Award’ was given to Hemen C. Sanghvi for the project “Kalaraksha Artisan School in Kutch”.
In all we can say that India Stonemart’17 has definitely paved up the way for sustainability in the stone industry.