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Punjab to build link roads with recycled plastic

CHANDIGARH: After the use of multi-layered plastic (MLP) waste with bitumen in re-carpeting of a road, the Punjab executive has made up our minds to make use of the mix for re-carpeting of hyperlink roads across the state. Of overall 61,436 km of hyperlink roads within the state, the government has initiated the work on about 300 km.

Normal plastic waste -- elevate luggage, cups, exhausting and cushy foams – built-in with bitumen is widely used in building of roads all the way through the country, for which tips have been framed by the Indian Road Congress. The MLP waste used for packaging, which contains polymeric fabrics and aluminum foil, isn't used in building of roads.

By doing so, Punjab will turn into the primary state within the nation to make use of MLP waste in development roads. To start with, the state executive will re-carpet hyperlink roads falling in jurisdiction of about 150 market committees across the state. Based at the effects, the work on remaining hyperlink roads will probably be initiated in a section way.

The government have known the stretches of roads ranging between three km to about 30 km in different districts where the MLP waste will probably be used for re-carpeting. Directions have been issued to market committee to adopt the re-carpeting work by mixing 6% MLP waste within the able mixture of bitumen and stone aggregates. Every kilometre will eat about three quintals of MLP waste which will probably be supplied by Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Punjab public works division secretary Hussan Lal said that unlike use of normal plastic waste in road building, there are no laid down specification for use of MLP waste in repair and building of roads. “Based at the quality of the roads made with MLP waste, the mix will probably be used at the remaining hyperlink roads,” he said.

A learn about to make use of MLP for road building was accomplished last 12 months by then chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board K S Pannu; environmental engineer S S Matharu and a school member of Thapar University, Patiala. A paper on discovering of the learn about was also revealed which stated that MLP waste can not simplest be used for building of road however may be better than customary plastic waste.

Pannu, who's now director of project Tandarust Punjab, said that MLP waste is a big supply of air pollution and it does not have any alternative use as it contains an aluminum metal layer between two layers of plastics. “All municipal firms are suffering to manage MLP waste which is not even picked by rag pickers,” said Pannu. He added: “Using MLP waste in building of roads will help in addressing the issue its management in a greater manner.”

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