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Withering roads: Millennium City looks southwards for ‘durable’ plastic makeover

Plastic roads in Bangalore created quite a stir and were seen as a breakthrough technology.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2011 01:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Plastic roads in Bangalore created quite a stir and were seen as a breakthrough technology.

Eight years on, the city is feeling the need for the same. Though manufacture and use of plastic is banned in Haryana, authorities feel the technique will help build sturdy roads and put an end to the need for frequent repairs.

Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar too is thinking on those lines. A Bangalore-based company had developed the technology that turns plastic waste into a polyblend to be used in laying roads.

Around two tonnes of plastic are required for every kilometre road stretch. Though the cost is increased marginally, plastic roads are more durable and eco-friendly too.

When bitumen alone is used, the road tends to wear out in some time, and the road starts mixing with the soil. At the same time, plastic, once melted becomes extremely hard in just ten minutes.

About 8% of recycled plastic is added to bitumen mixture to lay roads which last for more than two years.

“I have heard about the mechanism and it is eco-friendly too. Before initiating the project, however, I would have to conduct basic research work,” Kumar said.

He added, “I have asked my staff to check the durability factor and then we will decide if we wish to proceed with it. Potholed roads with a short life span in Gurgaon are certainly a cause of concern,” he added.

The idea was floated for Gurgaon earlier too but hit a roadblock. Kumar’s predecessor Nitin Yadav had raised apprehension saying that when tyres rubbed against the road, miniscule plastic particles mix in the air which is inhaled by commuters and could affect their health.

First Published: Dec 01, 2011 01:00 IST

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