The Belagavi City Corporation has announced a new mandatory requirement for road construction in the city. Starting this Saturday, all roads will be constructed using a blend of tar and 8% plastic powder. The first road, measuring 200 meters in length, will be initiated with the laying of the foundation stone by Mayor Shobha Somanache at the Belagavi City Corporation office building in Ashok Nagar.
Scientific research has proven that roads made with plastic powder mixed into the tar are not only more durable but also environmentally friendly. This innovative step taken by the city aims to create long-lasting and sustainable infrastructure.
To support this initiative, the Corporation has already seized over 5 tonnes of banned plastic from various shops and locations. Additionally, plastic waste obtained through segregation is also being utilized. Previously, this plastic was given to cement factories, but now it will be repurposed for road construction.
BCC Commissioner Ashok Dudagunti highlighted that Belagavi is the second city corporation, after Mysuru, to undertake such an initiative. Although the cost of incorporating plastic powder into roads is slightly higher, the resulting roads are significantly more durable and environmentally friendly. The commissioner expressed intentions to make this practice mandatory for all future road construction projects.