Bengaluru Airport authority has started a campaign called #PlasticBeku in which they are asking the local citizen to donate waste plastic which will be used to lay 50-lane-km roads at Kempegowda International Airport. KIA requires approximately 50 tonnes of plastic to construct this project. You will also find stalls across the city for plastic collection.
The waste collection program for the roads construction will be take place at three BIAL-adopted schools, those are mentioned below:
- Bettakote Government Lower Primary School,
- Vijayapura Government Higher Primary Girls’ Model School, and
- Ardeshanahalli Government Lower Primary School
and five panchayats of Devanahalli taluk as well as at private schools of the city and resident welfare associations (RWAs) of north Bengaluru.
This initiative is to raise awareness about the increase of waste around them and how to use it as well. Students and teachers, who can make the contribution to reduce plastic waste, will be encouraged to give their household waste plastic to Bengaluru airport for road construction. Once the completion of the road, Bangalore airport authority has decided to take the next step in construction that is building polymerized roads that have a strong binding ability and can withstand extreme weather conditions.
For the completion of the whole project, BAIL needs lots of waste and we are sure that there will not be any shortage for the same. Today everyone is talking about plastic waste and how to overcome from it, amongst all, this is the most talked-about one. This is not the first time plastic is being used to lay road but Cunningham Road, MG Road and Mysore Road already used plastic as the binding agent. Till now a total of BBMP has collected 3,921 kg of plastic waste and a penalty of Rs 16.12 lakhs.
Though till now plastics have been used to lay roads in other cities of India as well. But the question here is “Are they efficient for road construction?“, as per Ravichander, an urban expert, says, “It has been established that only 8% plastic is good enough in the construction of roads and its a good approach to stop plastic getting dumped in lakes and rivers across the country.” Not only this as per Professor MN Sreehari, traffic advisor and consultant” if the plastic is mixed with bitumen, but it will also increase the durability of the roads. Plastic should be heated up and processed into the granular bit. As plastic is flexible in any climate, it makes the road more durable and sustainable. Also, along with plastic if crumb rubber will also be added in the formation of the roads, this will increase the elasticity of the roads, prevents flooding on roads. As per Prof Amarnath(retd)(Bangalore University),” Studies have proved that plastic will increase the life of roads by 200%(approx.). “