Plastic Waste at Tura Garbage Dumping Site to be Used in Road Construction. Meghalaya is mulling to build more roads using plastic waste as a base material for building roads in the state, which in turn will mitigate the problem of spilling the waste. Reportedly Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has directed the district administration and the municipal board of Tura to accelerate the activation of the waste segregation machine set up at the garbage dumping site at Agillanggre, on the outskirts of Tura, and suggested that plastic waste collected should be used for road construction done under the Megha-Lamp project in the state.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed that a 1 km stretch of road built using 460 kgs of plastic waste at a cost of Rs 50 lakh has been completed in the state. Sangma viewed that using plastic had multiple advantages – one of them being the strength and durability is doubled compared to normal roads. The chief minister led a delegation of officials to inspect the dumping site and see first the installed machines, which were un-operational for a long time. The problem of waste is huge, a matter of concern. Therefore it becomes imperative to provide relief to the people facing it, said the CM in his address with the locality people.
One of the options has to be segregation of plastic, which needs to be done with the use of the installed machines. They also have to take up mass compositing through the use of biochemical that will not be harmful to the environment, said the chief minister who has asked the municipal board to clear the spillover of waste.