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Ahmedabad opting for plastic-blended roads as solution to potholes.

AHMEDABAD: Back in March 2016, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had experimented by constructing a few plastic-blended roads (made from plastic waste) that were of average width and had used some one tonne of poly blend. The first among three roads was the Nagri Hospital to Gujarat College road. This through three monsoons, has survived till date. But the road adjoining Nagri Hospital to Hindi College - constructed using ordinary method one and half years back - has already began wearing off. One wonders why plastic coated roads, if durable, cannot be used to construct more roads in the city.

In 2016, AMC constructed five roads using plastic waste, one near Ankur Crossroads, one near Ramagar police station in Sabarmati, apart from two roads in south zone. The process to include poly-blended roads had begun in 2013 when AMC had sought help from the Central Road Research Institute to construct such roads.

According to ACM officials, the plastic blend acts as a deterrent against rainwater. "Just because of the plastic content in the tar, fewer repairs are required. Such roads cost about three to five per cent more than conventional roads, depending on the quality of plastic used.

"Each kilometre of plastic-blended road of average width requires more than two tonnes of poly blend. The city generates nearly 250 tonnes of plastic a day," says a senior AMC official of the roads, bridges and building department.

In Bangalore, in 2016 nearly, 1,500km of city's roads were laid using plastic-blended bitumen.

Source: Times of India