Eco-friendly roads are soon going to be a reality in Uttar Pradesh.
And Unnao is likely to be the first district to get one in three months’ time.
The Rasoolabad-Chakarvansho road in Unnao would be built using only eco friendly material.
The state has already sanctioned R18 crore for the pilot project, which is going to save a lot of natural wealth which goes waste during construction activities.
For eco-friendly roads lesser mining of natural resources would be required.
At present, PWD and LMC use only bitumen technology, which requires mining of stones, bitumen and charcoal.
The average road is 60 cm thick while the new eco-friendly technology would require only 48 cm thick layer by using concrete waste, cement, asphalt, fly-ash and mud etc.
Many European countries along with countries like Thailand, Hong Kong, South Kora and Singapore are also using eco-friendly roads, which are more durable and less costly. If the pilot project is successful, then all the civic departments would be going for this technology in a big way, as it would save a lot of money.
The technology is designed and approved by IIT-Kanpur.
A PWD official on condition of anonymity admitted that the eco-friendly technologies are used in various countries, but in Uttar Pradesh one has to go for the technology which can resist temperatures over 50 degree Celsius in summers and -1 degree in winters. Heavily loaded trucks are also a challenge for roads in the state, he said.
He said Delhi is using South Korean technology which is known has Darin Asphalt Modified Additive Technology but here it’s a bit different.
Municipal commissioner Rakesh Kumar Singh said, “If the PWD can use it, then why can’t we use it. If anyone comes with the proposal of eco-friendly roads, which are more durable and cheaper, then why wouldn’t LMC go for it? I have already directed the chief engineer to search for less costly alternatives to construct roads.”