To repair and build the roads of Panvel, Panvel City Municipal Corporation are taking help of a new technique by using seized plastic bags. Earlier, even NMMC had used this technique.
According to civic officials, this new method of building roads will prove to be helpful and beneficial in many ways. It’ll save cost, there’ll be minimal use of bitumen compound, and the environment will be safe from non-biodegradable materials. This new method will first be used for the renovation of the 500m long Agri Samaj Road opposite Kanya Primary School in Old Panvel.
Over four tonnes of confiscated plastic bags will be crushed and mixed in with hot plant mix in NMMC’s plant at Turbhe landfill area. This process will reduce the use bitumen by 10%.
“The bottom layer of the road has been laid with the blend of crushed plastic and bitumen mix. This is being covered by bitumen concrete for longevity. We are doing it here on an experimental basis. If successful, other roads will follow suit,” said city engineer of PCMC, Sanjay Katekar.
The plastic bags method also helped the civic body save Rs. 3 lakhs out of the Rs.25 lakh road construction budgetary allocation.
PCMC commissioner Sudhakar Shinde said, “We had planned to sell the seized plastic after the plastic ban was enforced. Later, we thought of reusing the plastic for road construction which is being encouraged by the government.”