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Salem city to have plastic roads

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Expected to last three times longer than normal roads

Innovative effort:Salem Corporation Mayor S. Soundappan (right) inaugurating the plastic road works on Mittapudur Main Road in Ward 5 in Salem city on Thursday. Deputy Mayor M. Natesan (second right) and Corporation CommissionerM. Ashokan (left) are in the picture.-Photo: P. Goutham
Innovative effort:Salem Corporation Mayor S. Soundappan (right) inaugurating the plastic road works on Mittapudur Main Road in Ward 5 in Salem city on Thursday. Deputy Mayor M. Natesan (second right) and Corporation CommissionerM. Ashokan (left) are in the picture.-Photo: P. Goutham

Salem City is all set to have eco-friendly plastic-mixed bituminous roads that last up to three times longer and which are more cost effective than the normally laid tar roads.

Salem Corporation has worked out a plan to lay roads using waste plastic for a distance of three k.m. at a cost of Rs. 52.75 lakh at five places in the city.

Foundation

Corporation Mayor S. Soundappan laid the foundation stone on Thursday for the plastic road to be laid in Mittapudur Main Road in Ward Five.

The 1,440-metre-long road and seven-meter-breadth road would be laid at a total cost of Rs. 21.30 lakh with three tonnes of plastic waste, according to sources here.

Other four plastic roads to be laid in the city are: 0.375 k.m. road at a cost of Rs. 4.10 lakh at Alamarathukadu in Ward 18, 0.30 k.m. road at a cost of Rs. 5.20 lakh at Kandampatty Housing Board in Ward 24, 0.75 k.m. road at a cost of Rs. 18.75 lakh at Agraharam in Ward 32 and 0.230 k.m. road at a cost of Rs. 3.40 lakh at Vidhya Nagar West Cross Street No.1 in Ward 40.

Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan said that plastic roads are not only cost effective, but environmental friendly and can withstand use for a longer period, when compared to normal roads.

He added further that plastic waste would be shredded by machines at the Solid Waste Management (SWM) plant at Chettichavadi and used in the laying of BT roads in the city.

The city had its first plastic road in Brindavan Street in 2002 and at Hasthampatti in 2003.

Under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Programme (TURIP) for the year 2011-12, contract orders were also given for relaying 33.024 k.m. roads at a cost of Rs. 12.76 crore.

Expenditure

Under Phase I, 15.05 k.m. roads would be laid at a cost of Rs.6.38 crore while 18.019 k.m. roads would be laid at a cost of Rs. 6.68 core under the Phase II.

This includes, relaying of damaged roads, providing pavements, storm water drainage and provision for laying pipes under them.

Corporation has worked out a plan to lay roads using waste plastic, at five places in city

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