GUWAHATI, Oct 10 – The Assam Public Works Roads Department (PWRD) today launched a ‘Green Roads Mission’ for the State in association with Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, and Bitchem Asphalt Technologies Limited.
The mission was formally launched by PWD Minister Ajanta Neog in presence senior officials from the Centre, Assam and other North-Eastern States. Over 180 delegates from across the country attended the event.
PWRD launched this programme in collaboration with country’s apex roads research agency Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) of Government of India and Bitchem, which is a pioneer in cold-mix technology for road construction supporting the PWRD in constructing over 1,500 kms of rural roads in the last four years.
The mission, among others, aims at achieving its objective of sustainable development and harnessing the socio-economic and environ-mental benefits of cold-mix technology for rural roads and State roads, and help the country benefit from prospective earning of carbon credits under the CDM mechanism.
Addressing the delegates, Neog said that cold-mix technology was an impressive option to solve the problems of road connectivity in Assam. “In the last 13 years, we have constructed around 13,000 kilometres of road under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and the process of maintaining the roads is a big issue. Various factors like heavy rainfall often delay the construction and maintenance of roads. I am sure cold-mix technology will go a long way in solving these issues,” she said.
Dr NKS Pundhir, Principal Scientist, CRRI and well-known cold-mix technologist, informed the delegates about the advantages of cold-mix technology for road construction and how it could help Assam achieve benefits under the Green Roads Mission.
“It is critical to deploy greener and faster technologies like cold-mix to achieve our target of connecting the unconnected habitations. Development projects today must embrace measures which reduce carbon emissions and cause less harm to health of environment and humans. Cold-mix is an environment-friendly, pollution-free and sustainable technology recognized world over for its efficacy,” he added.
Using cold-mix technology, the PWRD has so far developed over 1,500 km of green roads in Assam, while other States in the region have built over 400 km of roads.
Rajeev Aggarwal, CEO, Bitchem, also spoke.
Cold-mix technology saves precious fossil fuels, approximately 1,500 litres of diesel per kilometre, and in addition to this, no heating is required in the technology.