In one of its kind experiment, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) is planning to construct a road which will be built using plastic waste. The civic body is all set to roll out this experiment in next 15 days.
The proposed model road would be 100 meters long, 4 meters wide and 40 mm thick. An expert agency would be hired to do the job. However, the GNN is yet to divulge on the location where this road will be built.
Municipal Commissioner Dinesh Chandra said that GNN has procured thousands of kilograms of plastic waste in last few months under a campaign against plastic.
“Earlier, we had decided to sell the collected plastic waste. But, later, we thought that it can be utlised in better way. Hence, the idea of building road from plastic waste was conceived,” he said.
Chief Engineer Moinuddin Khan said that GNN had never experimented this kind of thing in the past, and that is why, it was planned to hire an expert agency.
Khan was of the view that construction of road using plastic was very much possible.
“We melt tar coal at 180 degrees Celsius which is utlised in binding the concrete stones. Similarly, plastic can also be utlised after heating it at 130 degrees Celsius,” he said.
Benefits of road made from plastic
GNN officials claimed that the road, constructed by using plastic, would be a waterproof one. More than 1,000 kilograms of plastic would be mixed with tar coal and other chemicals.
The life of the road would be double in comparison to tar coal roads as there would be lesser chances of damage during monsoon. As well, as far as construction cost is concerned, it will be cheaper by Rs 50,000 per km in comparison to normal roads.
There will be great savings from the cost which incurred on the elements of tar coal such as bitumen.
More than anything else, the new experiment aims to reduce plastic pollution which has become a menace of late.