Udupi zilla panchayat successfully constructs road from plastic wastes

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (JS/EP)

Udupi, Feb 6: The road constructed at Udupi from plastic has established that the material becomes a resource if it is recycled properly instead of considering it as trash.

District panchayat held a workshop at Udupi zilla panchayat on December 10, 2019 about the reuse of plastic. Padmashree award recipient and plastic man Dr Vasudevan of Tamil Nadu had trained engineers from various departments and organisations in this regard.

Disposing of plastic that was collected at SLRM centres of Udupi district was a challenge. There was demand for good quality plastic locally but inferior quality plastic such as multi-layered plastic and thermocol foams had no demand.

Dr Vasudevan informed that such plastic wastes can be reused and said that nearly 100 kilos of plastic can be used to lay a one kilometre long road and bitumen can be saved.

He had demonstrated after the training and had laid a 300-metre long road by recycling the plastic at Alevoor grama panchayat limits that day. There have been no potholes on the road even after three years and the cost of its maintenance has been low.

Similarly, a 120-metre long road has been laid from plastic waste in  Maravanthe GP limits also two years ago under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak project and has been a quality project.

“The officials of PWD in the district, zilla panchayat engineering division, KRIDL and officials at road works have been directed to mandatorily use 10%  plastic wastes in their works. Such plastic wastes are available at Vandse, Shankarnarayana, Hebri and Nitte GPs in large quantities. Use of plastic in construction of roads will bring down the cost,” said Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer Prasanna H.




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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Feb 07 2023

    This road will last for minimum 25 Years ...

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  • Arun, Shankerpura

    Tue, Feb 07 2023

    Let them put this material to 'shankerpura-moodabettu road" full of potholes pending since year!!!!

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  • flavian, chik

    Mon, Feb 06 2023

    Congrats good initiative!!!20 years back they did one road in banaglore but govt never promoted it . Hope this time they make it mandatory they will give some excuse on safety, durablity etc ...

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Mon, Feb 06 2023

    Oh our dear Lord ! What a Wonderful Idea you gave our Enterprenuers for this Project of Wastes ! Kindly Bless all of them so that they may Praise you Always !!!

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 06 2023

    Road construction cost might be less but environment pollution could be same or more as the same plastic might eventually seep into soil and water ways due to wear and tear and maintenance.

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  • Rohan R Karkera, Mangaluru

    Mon, Feb 06 2023

    This is way better than plastic waste abundantly mixing with the soil. Just take a look at any urban soil. It's infested with huge amounts of plastic waste.

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