Staff Reporter

"This technology has been successfully used in Bangalore"

NEW DELHI: In an innovative step that will not only give Delhi durable roads but also solve the problem of disposing of plastic waste, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has decided to use the cost-effective plastic-waste technology for road laying.

Giving details about the new technology, DSIIDC Managing Director Jalaj Shrivastva on Sunday said plastic waste is shredded into small parts and mixed with bitumen to enhance the quality of roads. "This technology has been successfully used in Bangalore and for Delhi too we have short-listed some firms to carry out the work," he said.

According to Mr. Shrivastva, the plan is to start laying plastic roads that would easily last at least till the Commonwealth Games 2010 and beyond. "The best part of the technology is that water does not stay on roads giving them more life. So even if the initial costs are high, in the long run it helps cut the cost. Plastic waste can also come in handy in removing potholes on roads," he said, admitting that due to multiplicity of authorities in Delhi, there have been some hurdles in putting the technology to use here.

The DSIIDC Managing Director also informed that they have decided to convert at least three entry points in the Capital into "smart entry points" with several facilities. "The facilities to be provided will include the trade and tax department offices, toll collection booths, petrol pumps, food courts, tourism kiosk and weigh bridges. To be developed on built-operate-transfer basis so that the Government does not have to spend any money on the project, these entry points will be a sort of facilitation centre so that one does not need to go out to any other Government office," he added.

On the issue of developing a Special Economic Zone in Delhi for apparel, gems and jewellery trade, Mr. Shrivastva said the proposed SEZ would be spread in an area of around 150 to 200 acres with expected trade of around Rs.10,000 crores every year.

"Delhi would become a shopping destination with the SEZ coming up. Work would begin as soon as we get land from the authorities concerned. For the preliminaries, we already have a pool of around 1,000 artistes trained in our institutes in gems and jewellery designing," he added.

Similarly, DSIIDC would also be building freight complexes in the Capital.