Lucknow road constructed using plastic waste

As the country is tackling the rising problem of plastic waste, several cities in India have already found a solution to the problem – plastic roads. And the latest city to follow the suit is Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is constructing a road using plastic waste.

Using plastic in the construction of the road is not only a smart way to deal with the menace but it also increases roads’ durability by 40-50 per cent. Other cities like Pune, Jamshedpur Chennai and Indore are already leading the way.

Chief Engineer Indushekhar Singh said, “Mixing plastic waste increases roads’ durability by 40-50 per cent, they will be durable for a longer time. Around 8-10 per cent of plastic waste is being mixed in coal tar.”

The road is constructed from Gomti Nagar Police Station to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) under a pilot project by LDA in the state’s capital.

Singh also said that the LDA has followed guidelines of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in road construction. “On world environment day, we had declared that we will use plastic in road construction in future,” he said.

Singh said LDA will do more research on this experiment road in the next two years to know if there can be some improvement.

LDA’s initiative is inspired by the success of roads in many foreign countries. In India too, many civic bodies have started road construct using plastic waste in an environmental-friendly experiment.

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