Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), will be using plastic to construct roads within the airport premises. BIAL is set to use approximately 50 tonnes of plastic to construct roads with a combined total length of 50 kilometres, close to the up-and-coming second terminal of the airport.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) handed over five tonnes of plastic to the BIAL for road construction, free of cost. Further, It was confirmed that more plastic will be readily given to the airport authorities in the future, as per their requirements.
The BBMP had seized more than 11,000 kilogrammes of plastic from across the city between January and July 2019. More than 90% of the collection comprised of single-use plastic bags. The city of Bengaluru isn’t entirely unfamiliar with plastic roads, as well-known stretches like MG Road and the Old Airport Road have been constructed using plastic as the main component. However, BIAL’s internal roads project will mark the first time that an airport has come forward to use plastic for internal construction purposes.
Prime Minister Modi had urged the entire nation to rid India of plastic, while also encouraging the corporate sector to come up with innovative methods that will help achieve this goal. Plastic roads are known to have a much longer life, as the plastic-bitumen mixture increases the longevity of the road threefold. Using plastic for road construction also constitutes a highly sustainable solution to the disposal of plastic.