Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has initiated the pilot project on building road by utilising plastic waste. This environment friendly project will be deployed to construct road Gomti Nagar Police Station to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar.
According to Indushekhar Singh, chief engineer, LDA, around eight to 10 percent plastic waste is being added to coal tar. The plastic used is less than 50-micron. He also said that the durability of roads increases by 40-50 percent if plastic waste is used during the construction.
Singh was quoted by a national news agency as, “LDA will be following all the guidelines of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in the construction of this road. We had declared that we will use plastic in road construction in future on World Environment Day. LDA will do more research on this in the next two years to know if there can be more improvement.”
Although LDA is deploying plastic waste in road construction for the first time, cities like Chennai, Pune, Jamshedpur and Indore have already constructed roads using plastic waste materials.