Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

New Materials and Technology to be used for Road Construction



The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has now decided to use new materials and techniques in National Highway projects in the country on experimental basis, in order to promote innovation and use of new technology in highway construction. In this regard, it has been decided to adopt innovative, new materials on at least one km stretch in widening and strengthening projects. The promoter of these new materials shall be required to bear the extra cost involved in the proposal. Being the experimental projects, failure if any, of the trial reach, would not be treated as the responsibility of the Implementing and Executing Agencies. This endeavor of the Ministry would result in saving of our scarce natural resources like stone aggregates, bitumen etc. This may also result in saving in life cycle cost of road construction as compared to road construction using conventional materials. The use of latest equipments would also result in saving in construction period. Road construction materials and technology has seen lot of improvements world over. Many new materials, techniques and equipments have been used in other countries successfully but the same needs to be tested under Indian conditions, traffic, rainfall, drainage, soil conditions etc. before being put to use in India



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