The Centre has made it mandatory for road developers to use waste plastic along with bituminous mixes for road construction to overcome the problem of disposal of plastic waste in India’s urban centres. It mandated to use waste plastic along with hot mixes for constructing bitumen roads within 50 km of periphery of any city that has a population of over five lakh. In recently released guidelines for developers, the government said that in case of non-availability of waste plastic the developer has to seek ministry’s approval for constructing bitumen only roads. Plastic will add to the longevity of roads by making them water resistant and also increasing the resistance of roads to change in weather. The step will also slightly bring down the cost for road developers. Currently, cost of constructing one km of road length is around Rs 10 crore. The move is in tandem with Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat. The roads transport and highways ministry will also encourage state governments and rural ministry to make use of plastic waste mandatory in construction of roads.
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