Reliance Industries To Use Plastic In Road Construction
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, India’s leading petrochemical company, is launching a project to use plastics in road construction. This road construction project amid growing concerns over pollution in the country.
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India is urging India to finish single-use plastics consumption by 2022. Currently, India uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually. India lacks an organized system for plastic waste management, leading to widespread littering.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and Asia’s richest man said during a launch event on Tuesday “Indians should focus on fighting pollution, not plastics”.
The Reliance Industries will seek to work with the individual states and highway authority of India to potentially supply a plastics-infused mix. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to build to upgrade its creaking infrastructure.
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Reliance Industries wants to shred carry bags, snack wrappers, which are not viable to recycle and mix them with bitumen, a formula the conglomerate says is cheaper and longer-lasting.
Vipul Shah, the COO of the petrochemicals business saying at a company petchem plant in Maharashtra. “This project can be a game-changing project both for our roads and our environment” Vipul Shah added, Reliance Industries had yet to figure out the financial fine print.
Sunil Dahiya, an analyst at the Research Center on Energy and Clean Air saying “It is going on internationally and now has started percolating to our country, though it’s at a very early stage”. He added “Industries and Corporates are a large source of all types of pollution in our country, so much more serious thoughts, actions and policies are required from them,”