Rural Development Ministry builds over 20,000km green roads to combat pollution

As part of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Ministry of rural development has built over 5,62,047km of road new network in past four years. Out of this, 20,000 km of roads have been built using environment-friendly measures.

“For the last few years, our focus to using green and environment-friendly technologies has been yielding better results. We have completed 20,733 Km of roads using green methods, ”Rural Development Secretary Amarjeet Sinha was quoted saying.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari who is a staunch advocate for implementing environment-friendly measures in road building, had advised road developers of Maharashtra to use a mixture of 30 per cent glass, rubber and plastic waste in road construction.

The Rural Development Ministry had made use of shredded plastic remains in building greener roads. Waste plastic has been used in building 9,600 km of the road followed by cold mix, a bitumen-based formula, (6041 kms).

“Some of the most used techniques to [build green roads] are cold mix technology, waste plastic technology, fly ash, steel slag, coir and jute geotextile, a cell filled concrete and panel concrete,” said Alka Upadhyay, the Rural Ministry Official who leads the PMSGY.

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is a nationwide plan to provide all-weather road connectivity to unconnected and under-connected villages. Official statistics says that 5,62,047 km of new and improved rural road network has been created.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari had lauded the Rural Development Ministry’s performance.