Bengaluru has a new road made of recycled plastics that connects RMZ Ecoworld to the Outer Ring Road.
Story so far: In a joint venture with the BBMP, PotHoleRaja and a few ORR companies laid a road made of 3,000 kg of plastic waste. According to representatives at PotHoleRaja, this particular road-laying project used 30% less water than a normal road. It also didn’t need any steel reinforcements.
- The road was laid using GridMats, a patented method that is made entirely with recycled materials. It was used to build both the road and its pavements.
- This road is also expected to help out the traffic congestion that usually occurs at the mouth of Ecoworld, especially for those entering from the Outer Ring Road.
Why it matters: Normally, building a concrete road would emit around 46.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide during the whole construction process. With GridMats, this has gone down to 11.9 tonnes. This cuts out 34.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide, i.e. the amount of emissions released by a car driven for 1,38,600 km.