SHILLONG, April 13: Building off a project which has successfully been completed in the state, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) state government is presently considering the use of plastic waste as a base material for building roads in the state.
Replying during the budget discussion in the Assembly on Friday, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed that a one kilometer stretch of built using 460 kgs of plastic waste at a cost of Rs 50 lakh has been completed in the state.
He said that strength and durability of the plastic road is also double than the normal roads adding there are multiple advantages.
Referring to the suggestion for banning the use of plastics in the state, Conrad however said that the government will further study the effectiveness of new plastic technology.
“If it is found to be effective, we want to link the project with garbage disposal,” he said while adding, “If each household or locality starts collecting plastics (instead of throwing them), the company (engaging in the construction of plastic roads) can buy it from them.”
Stating that it is a simple financial model, Conrad said that this will also encourage people to change their mindset.
“We need to change our mindset and ensure that we have a cleaner Shillong, cleaner Tura, and cleaner Jowai,” he said.
It may be mentioned here, the one kilometer road built with shredded waste plastic technology in Nongkynjeng village in West Khasi Hills District is the first to be implemented in the North East state.
The technology developed by Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a chemistry professor from Madurai, uses finely-shredded plastic waste that is added to heated bitumen.