India gets its first plastic road!
We all know the bane of plastic and its use. How it takes hundreds of years for it to destroy completely. But there are a few brilliant minds who are coming up with ways to fight this nuisance, and use it to our benefit too. For the first time in India, a road would be built out of plastic waste. Yes, and the initiative has left everyone — from NGOs to environmentalists — in frenzy.
The 500-metre long stretch of road is a pilot project being developed by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited as part of an agreement with the Noida Authority. The road stretch is coming up on a service lane in Sector 129 along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway. The success of this concept may help in addressing the issues of plastic waste.
About 35 tonnes of plastic waste has been utilised in this R&D (research and development) trial. The performance of this road will be monitored and if found satisfactory the stretch will be scaled up to next level.
Did you know that India generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day! It’s the 15th biggest plastic polluter globally.