In Ahmedabad, new rules for road construction eases environment issue

AHMEDABAD: Plastic waste disposal has been a concern for the local bodies as it can potentially suffocate the earth for hundreds of years. It is this indestructible characteristic that the Ministry of Environment and Forests wants to use, to strengthen and make durable the city’s roads.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, in the new plastic waste management rules has stated that local bodies shall encourage the use of plastic waste for construction of roads. The ministry says plastic waste which cannot be further recycled should be used for road construction.

According to AMC officials, in 2013 they had sought help from the Central Road Research Institute to construct such roads.

Of late, AMC has constructed five roads using plastic, one such is near the Nagari Hospital, one near Ankur Crossroads and one near Ramnagar Police station in Sabarmati.

Apart from these, two roads have been constructed in South Zone. City engineer Hitesh Contractor said: “The use of plastic has yielded good results. The road opposite Nagari Hospital was the first to be constructed and the other four were constructed this year.

According to officials, rainwater does not seep through these roads because of the plastic in the tar and this results in fewer repairs. Each kilometre of plastic-blended road of average width requires more than two tonnes of polyblend.

The city of Ahmedabad generates nearly 250 tonnes of plastic a day. In Bangalore, 1,500 km of the city’s roads have plastic-blended bitumen.

Such roads cost about three to five per cent more than conventional roads, depending on the quality of plastic used.

The new rules also have given spelled out the role of every agency, including the state and national pollution control boards.

The environment minister has stated that the state government shall have a 12-member state level advisory committee for the effective monitoring and implementation of these rules.

The committee shall have the secretary of the urban development department as chairman, the municipal commissioner and an expert from the plastics association as its members.

Credits ET Realty

 

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