Guwahati, Nov 30 : In line with the Union government's mission against single use plastic, the Military Engineer Services (MES) has recently constructed a road by utilizing plastic as partial substitute of bitumen.
The road was constructed inside the Military station at Narengi in Assam's capital city Guwahati.
The Military Engineer Services (MES) which provides rear line engineering support to the Indian armed forces has constructed the road as a pilot project.
Guwahati based Defence PRO Lt. Col. P Khongsai said that, the pilot project has covered 1 km area in the Military Station.
"The Military Engineer Services (MES) will research on it and will send a report to the head quarter. Indian Army has always been conscious towards maintaining a healthy environment and has endeavored to enhance its green footprint and employ methods to reduce pollution. It has undertaken numerous drives under the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan and contributed immensely towards this facet," Lt. Col. P Khongsai said.
The Defence PRO further said that, about 1.24 MT of waste plastic has been used to construct the road using new technology.
"This is a green technology, which aims to reduce menace of plastic waste at one hand and improve the durability of the roads on the other. In this technology, the road is constructed by mixing shredded plastic waste with heated bitumen," Khongsai said.
The project to use plastic in road building is an initiative to reduce, reuse and recycle waste plastic.
The road constructed using waste plastic lasts longer, is cheaper to build and maintain and significantly reduces the amount of plastic going into our oceans and landfills.
Utilisation of waste plastic in road construction can help in significantly solving one of the biggest problems of plastic waste management.
On successful completion of this project, the tested concept will be advocated in MES for road construction works in various Cantonments and Military Stations.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)