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Tripura gets road made from plastic waste

Uses bitumen-plastic mixture in 40:60 ratio

Under Agartala Smart City Limited (ASCL) project, Tripura now has its first-ever plastic road construction by using non-recyclable plastic waste. In a one-of-its-kind initiative, the road has been constructed with the aim to reduce plastic waste and make the environment plastic-free.

In July 2018, during a review meeting, CM Biplab Kumar Deb had asked AMC officials to construct at least 500 metres of a road using waste plastic to reduce pollution. And now almost three years later, the BK Road from Boys Budhjung School to women’s college, which is around 680 metres, has finally been turned around into a plastic one.

The top layer, which is around 9 inches thick, was removed so that the road does not become higher. It is a mixture of bitumen and plastic, which is used at a 40: 60 ratio.

The cost of the new road is around Rs 70 lakh. CM Biplab added that this is just a trial but in the coming days, more such plastic roads will be constructed to reuse the plastic waste generated.

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