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‘Use waste plastic in road construction’

Thursday, 12 September 2019 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

To make the environment free from plastic wastes, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Wednesday asked the Works Department to make guidelines for use of waste plastic materials in construction of roads.

Chairing a meeting at the Lok Seva Bhawan here, he asked the Chief Engineer of the department to include the use of plastic wastes in the schedule of rate and ascertain the quantum of plastic that can be used for construction of roads annually.

It was revealed that waste plastics would need to be processed for use in road construction. The wastes would be cut into very small pieces and processed to get mingled with tar. It was decided that youths would be given training to establish processing units. The Chief Secretary also stressed to provide exposure visit to such entrepreneurs.   Youths can establish such entrprenures under the Prime Minister Employment Guarantee Programme, said Industries Secretary Hemant Kumar Sharma.

The Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Supply Department would collect plastic wastes from the rural arreas and hand over them to the Housing and Urban Development Department.

The Chief Secretary further asked the officers to bring under full control the use of plastic bags, bottles and packing and decorative items.

It was revealed that 150 tonnes of plastic wastes being generated from 2024 wards of 114 ULBs in the State every day.   

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