When PM Narendra Modi vowed to eradicate plastic in India by 2022, Kolkata took its first step.
On one hand, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is setting up pollution monitoring stations. On another one, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority(KMDA) has decided to use the waste plastic for making roads. The strategy is to remove the plastic that has accumulated on kilometers of roads. As the plastic does not decompose on its own creating a big health hazard. This makes everyone worried about the toxication it is generating for our natural resources.
The Statesman reports,
The Kolkata municipality will not be the first in West Bengal to experiment with roads made of plastic. The ICPE constructed a kilometer stretch of road using plastic and bitumen in Kalyani in 2009, and in Ashok Nagar and Chandernagore in 2010.
Expectations are that the garbage pile of plastics will be recycled and then used to make the roads. It is implied that this will toughen up the surface of the roads and elongate its lifespan.
The Indian Center for Plastics in the Environment (ICPE) has come up with a way to make asphalt roads making use of the plastic litter.
West Bengal isn’t the first to try this, by any means:
Tamil Nadu was the first state to decide to use recycled plastics in the construction of all asphalt roads. So far have built 350 kilometers using the ICPE technology. The governments of Gujarat, Delhi, and Mumbai have also expressed interest in/or approved the construction of roads with plastics waste.