Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) in July constructed a 100 meter long road in Sanjay Nagar area using plastic waste. Now GMC officials informed that the road has successfully passed the durability and particle emission test which was recently conducted by the corporation.
The road is built in front of Yashoda Hospital.
“After the successful testing of this road, now GMC is planning to build another road,” told Moinuddin Khan, chief engineer of GMC.
"This time, we are planning to increase the length of the road. Though the minimum length is 1000 meters but we could go as high as 3000 meters as well. We are also in the process of finalising the location where the road would come up," Khan added.
However, he refused to divulge the location of the road.
The road in Sanjay Nagar was made up of plastic carry bags, bottle waste, glasses, cups and plastic plates that could only be recycled and were a cause of pollution till now. Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) had confiscated these plastic materials in multiple drives conducted in the city after the Uttar Pradesh government banned the use of plastic in August 2018.
GNN officials claimed that currently the corporation is planning to collect over 1500 kilograms of plastic and would utilise it in the construction of the upcoming road.
“Sanjay Nagar road was built as per the norms set by Indian Road Congress. A hot-mix plant was on display wherein 7 percent plastic was used as a filler and 5.2 percent as bitumen and other materials were used,” officials informed.
Meanwhile, Ghaziabad has joined the club of cities building plastic composite road.
Chennai is one of the first and leading cities in India to implement this model. The city has so far used 1.6 lakh kilograms of plastic waste to build 1.035 kilometre of road.
Indore recycles 100 per cent of its plastic waste and has used 5,000 kilos of waste plastic to build 45 kilometre stretch of road in the last two years.
Surat has used 90,000 kilos of plastic waste to build 15.91 kilometre of road. Meanwhile, Surat Municipal Corporation is currently working on a design where they would be able to increase the volume of plastic waste and decrease bitumen in the mix.
Besides, Pune and Lucknow also has several kilometer of roads made with plastic composite.
As per data, India produces about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste daily, out of which about 9,000 tonnes is recycled. The remaining plastic is either burnt leading to air pollution or end up in landfills or clog drains. At a time when the entire world is grappling with disposal problems of huge volumes of plastic waste, this model can ease out India’s plastic pollution crisis.