PWD To Use Polythene For Road Construction In Dehradun
23 June 2016
As a heartening step towards utilizing waste gainfully, the PWD, along with the city administration will now buy polythene for use in laying of roads in the city. Out of the 300 metric ton of garbage collected, almost 50% of it is made up of plastic. Many NGOs had been advocating the use of plastic in road laying for a long time.
Devendra Shah, executive engineer, PWD told TOI, "This initiative will not only make better quality of roads but also help in waste management in the city. We are already getting calls from people who want to sell their plastic waste. The collection process is well under way and the construction will also start soon." He further added that plastic will be bought at Rs 15 per kg from those sellers who want it to be picked up and for the rest it will be bought at Rs 12 per kg.
"The use of polythene in road construction will be cost effective and the roads will be of better quality with longer durability. Also there will be public participation which will include schools, hotels, government offices and other establishments. This plan was decided on after we tested it on a smaller level. We are getting sufficient raw material from various sources and the construction will begin soon", said L N Mishra, city magistrate, Dehradun. The authorities have constructed a 500 meter stretch near Kanak Chowk in the city using plastic waste as one of the raw materials for trial and now plan on taking it to the next level.
This method of waste management had been advocated by few organizations in the past. Mehak Sharma, member, Make a Difference (MAD) which is national NGO said, "This is definitely experimental but should be appreciated as long as it is maintaining the ecological balance of the city. In fact not only Dehradun but the whole state can benefit from such initiatives."
The waste collected every day by Nagar Nigam will also be used for this purpose. According to the Nigam officials, almost half of the waste collected is made up of plastic component which amounts to approximately 100 metric ton that will be sold to PWD for use in road construction. "The plastic is taken from the trenching ground by the rag pickers but we have ensured that it sold to PWD," said Dr Kailash Gunjyal, health officer, Nagar Nigam.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com