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Ready to drive on plastic roads?

March 25, 2005 11:33 IST

With the Tamil Nadu highways department planning to use waste plastic for road laying, the day may not be far off when there could be a greater demand for the material.

A pilot project to test the quality and durability of plastic roads, especially during the rainy season, is being undertaken, a top official of the highways department said.

Using the technology, developed by the Thiagaraja College of Engineering at Tiruparankunram, the department has planned to re-lay roads using bitumen mixed with waste plastic in Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai and Tirunelveli.

A small stretch where there is heavy traffic will be relaid using waste plastic-bitumen mixture in each pilot city. "If the roads prove to be a success, they will be extended to other parts," the official said.

While a normal 'highway quality' road lasts four to five years, Prof R Vasudevan, the brain behind the plastic road, claims plastic-bitumen roads can last up to 10 years.

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Sub: ..plastic roads

Why not combine the plastic waste with fly ash from power stations to form granules similar to pea-gravel which will serve as both base and ...

Posted by bodh

Sub: can plastic roads burn?

by for example thrown away cigg butts? Was just curious to know. best regards, Anshuman

Posted by Anshuman

Sub: future of india

Thanks to highways and roadways department that at last they have agreed to lay roads using waste plastics. if this proven to be unsuccesful, please ...

Posted by K. Srinivasa Ramanujam

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very good development by Mr Vasudevan to make use of waste plastic and at the same time roads will have much longer life. The devolment ...

Posted by rakesh sharma

Sub: Ready to drive on plastic roads?

What is so special and new about it? It is being experimented in Karnataka from past few years

Posted by narendra


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