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Use of Plastic Waste in Development of Road

Indian Roads Congress (IRC) has formulated ‘Guidelines for the use of Waste Plastic in Hot Bituminous Mixes (Dry process) in Wearing Courses’ based on laboratory as well as field performance studies/ investigations carried out in India.

To encourage use of waste plastic on National Highway (NH), Ministry has issued Guidelines for its use within 50 km periphery of urban areas having population 5 lakh or more. The Guidelines also stipulate to take up a stretch of at least 10 km as pilot project for assessment of its performance. Waste plastic has already been utilised in wearing course of about 50 km of NH stretches.

This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Gadkari also said An amount of Rs. 1850 crore is likely to be spent on the Char Dham Programme in the current financial year. The Char Dham Programme was initially targeted for completion by March, 2020. However, the schedule date of completion of the programme has been delayed mainly due to litigation.

The projects under Char Dham Programme include widening of existing roads along with adequate/ sufficient slope protection by way of erection of retaining walls and breast walls and by deploying drapery system, netting, anchoring, reinforced wall etc. as per Detailed Project Reports.

The projects also include mitigation measures/ stabilisation of chronic landslide & sinking spots/zones as standalone project or part of road widening projects to avoid land slide and safety of road users. Bio engineering methods like hydro seeding are being used for vegetative growth on fragile slopes for their stability. All these measures shall safeguard the highway and habitation against natural calamity.

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