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Plastic waste used for laying roads in Tirupati
Four major roads in the temple city have earned a distinction of being the first thoroughfares built with plastic as one of the components in its construction.
In addition to spreading awareness on the use of plastic materials, including door-to-door campaigns, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has embarked on a project to incorporate the same in road construction. The process has been employed in laying of Bommagunta – Nehru Nagar Road near Jyothi Theatre, TUDA Office road, Narasimha Theertam Road near LIC office and Korlagunta main road in Tirupati.
According to MCT Commissioner V. Vinay Chand, the step would not only address the pollution arising due to use of plastic but also reduce the road laying expenses. “We have already commenced the segregation of waste under wet and dry waste categories. Plastic materials from the collected waste is converted into smaller pieces, further to be used in the mixture of tar (and stone chips),” he said.
Besides this, the MCT has also conducted an awareness programme on plastic recycling for garbage collectors/rag pickers and will be issuing identity cards for procuring materials at collection centres, to be used later in road construction. The officials also said that the use of plastic would improve the quality of roads.