Women’s bid to recycle plastic to make roads finds no takers

A team of eight women associated with a selfhelp group here has been diligently shredding plastic waste collected from the city so that it can be mixed with bitumen to lay roads. This was a theory mooted by the government with much hope, but in practice, its own agencies have been cold-shouldering the idea. As a result, there are not many takers for their shredded plastic and the women have now cut down their production.

 The unit functioning at Iyer Bungalow has the capacity to produce over five tonnes of shredded plastic a month. Swadeshi Pavalamalli, a women’s self-help group, was established with the active encouragement of the government which not only funded it but also rendered technical support. They began the work after getting an assurance from the government to utilize the shredded plastic to lay roads. The technique is an innovation by Rajagopalan Vasudevan, professor in a city engineering college who went on to bag the Padma Shri for his feat.
While the method has taken off in a big way at many places, it is yet to be tapped fully by Tamil Nadu. The women had recently approached Madurai district collector K Veera Raghava Rao urging him to utilize the plastic to lay the roads. “We have been running behind various officials for long. Whenever we approach the officials, the purchase would be made one or two times. But there has been no continuous support,” said G Bothi Lakshmi, president of the SHG. She said that they used to collect details of upcoming road projects from the officials and then run after contractors to secure the job. But the support has been anything but encouraging....Read more
Source web page: Times of India

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