Saturday, March 10, 2012

Environmental friendly “Plastic Roads” in Vivekanandapuram

Vasudeoji, Secretary VK Nardep - pouring plastic wasteVivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari has adopted the new environmentally friendly technology of “Plastic Roads”. Of over 3.5 km of roads of Vivekanandapuram campus – the Head-Quarter of Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari - about 1 km is now “Plastic Road".
Shredded plastic waste for use in road buildingPlastic roads are constructed using the waste plastic in the conventional Tar Road.  Plastic is environmentally hazardous because it is non-bio-degradable i.e. it cannot be broken down into its components. Such is the strength of its chemical bonding. This permanence is a threat to nature. A novel initiative by Dr. R. Vasudevan of Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai has shown a solution to this problem by using such plastic wastes in Road Construction. Experiments and experience have proved that it increases the durability of the roads by years and also helps in disposing the waste in a useful way. This technology is being accepted and adopted in different parts of India and world, albeit slowly.  The details of the technology can be read on

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