The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans utilization of solid waste material for its highway construction programme on NH-24 from Ghazipur of Delhi-Meerut Expressway to curb pollution. NHAI is already utilizing fly-ash up to 30 per cent of earth filling in the Eastern Peripheral Expressway and using other slag materials elsewhere. This will be in line with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s directions for use of waste in a productive way. To reduce the doubts of concessionaires and to encourage them to utilize this waste, NHAI has offered to indemnify the Concessionaires for the stretches where this waste material shall be tried. Also, NHAI will write to Ministry of Environment and Forest to allow usage of solid waste material in lieu of fly-ash wherever feasible, it said. This initiative of NHAI will promote the construction of green highways in the country as it amounts to substantial replacement of natural earth, mining of which causes environmental problems. The Authority had entrusted the assignment of technically verifying whether Solid Waste Material generated from Municipal/city waste can be utilized for highway construction to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)—Central Road Research Institute.
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