Tripura has got it first-ever road built of non-recyclable plastic waste in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic generated in the state. At the inauguration of the first such road, state chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the project is aimed at improving the environmental condition.
Speaking to news agency ANI at the inauguration, Deb said, “This is for the first time in Tripura that waste plastic was collected and recycled, and used in constructing a 680 metre long road in front of the Women’s College near BK Road."
Deb said this first of its kind project will work as an example of how to achieve minimal plastic waste generation and how to use the same sustainably. “This initiative is a beautiful example of how we can make our environment plastic-free and use plastic waste in public welfare projects," he added.
Agartala: A 680-metre road has been constructed using plastic waste, near Women's College."We've started using plastic waste in the construction of roads with an aim to reduce the waste and make the environment plastic-free, said Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb
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The state chief minister also inaugurated four other development projects in the capital city of Agartala.
Shailesh Kumar Yadav, District Magistrate of West Tripura district and the CEO of Agartala Smart City Limited (ASCL) spoke about the project as to how the 680-meter road came to being. The road was built by mixing waste plastic along with bitumen and it took around Rs 70 lakh on a trial basis.
Yadav also said that this is a trial project and in the future, more and more such plastic waste will be used to built roads in the city in order to effectively put to use the waste generated.
Plastic has a tremendous use in our daily life and the amount of waste generated has been a serious cause of concern for the environment and public health and thus ways should be devised as to how maximum reusing of the waste can be done in order to keep the damage in check.
Yadav has also said that the team is also studying the impact of the use of plastic in road construction and the teams are also trying to ascertain the effect of it in the long run and also as to how effective the construction is in the face of monsoon.
The Tripura roads are however, not the first ones in the country to use plastic waste. Media reports have said that one lakh kilometre of road has been constructed using plastic waste. The construction of every kilometre of road needs 9 tonnes of bitumen and 1 tonne of plastic waste.
(With inputs from ANI)