SUBJECT :Potters of Batasia, a remote village in Siliguri sub-division, have come up with earthen jars, which are environment- friendly and the water kept in it remain cool without refrigeration. 

Siliguri, May 21, 2018: Potters of Batasia, a remote village in Siliguri sub-division, have come up with earthen jars, which are environment- friendly and the water kept in it remain cool without refrigeration.

To help them produce the jars in more numbers, the siliguri office of the District Industrial Center (DIC) have financed electric- operated wheels that help them give shape to the clay jars faster.

Nepal Pal, a pioneer potter, said the idea for making a clay jar came from one of his customers. “One day a customer suggested why I didn’t try making bottles from clay. I heeded his advice and I tried making one.  It took me a while before I could make one, but since then I have honed my skill and can now make clay jars at will,” he said.

Pal supplies most of his jars to neighbouring Nepal and some to hotels in North Bengal. A small jar of one liter costs 50 and the bigger ones cost Rs 100.

“With the support of DIC Officer-in-charge Gautam Kumar Choudhery, we have received three electric-operated machines that reduce our workload by about fifty percent and also help us give the finest shape to the jars,” he said.

Madhavi Pal, a woman member of the family, said she feels proud in being able to do the traditional work that was passed on to her by her family. Twenty members of the Pal family are engaged in making potteries, including clay jars.

Joydeep Dey, senior neurologist in siliguri, who has bought three clay bottles, said they can easily replace the plastic bottles and jugs at homes, particularly since no refrigeration is required to keep the water stored in them cool.

The in-charge of DIC Siliguri said his department was willing to extend all support to the potters to make them financially sound.


Source: Sikkim Express