Bengaluru Airport to build new roads made of plastic wastes

Bengaluru Airport

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will hand over nearly 2.5 tonnes of plastic it has seized through raids across the city to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), which will use the plastic to build a new road within the airport premises, close to the upcoming second terminal.

BIAL, earlier this year, had written to the BBMP, requesting over 50 tonnes of garbage that will be put towards building a road inside the airport. While part of the plastic would be given to the airport by BIAL, free-of-cost, for the rest, BIAL is planning to set up kiosks across the city to collect plastic waste from citizens as well.

As a symbolic gesture, a truck-full of plastic will be officially handed over to BIAL authorities, at the BBMP head office, on Monday.

“BIAL will use the plastic to pave road within the airport premises,” the authorities said on Saturday.

The BBMP, between January and July this year, has collected more than 11,000kg of plastic and imposed a fine of over Rs 20 lakh in a crackdown on usage of single-use plastic in the city. According to BBMP officials, more than 90% of the seized plastic is in the form of plastic carry bags while it also comprises plastic plates and other cutlery.

“We decided to give seized plastic to the airport free of cost for building the road. Their aim is to collect over 50 tonnes in total of which we will contributing a part. In the future, if KIA expresses interest to procure more plastic, we will give them more quantity, based on demand. The seized plastic is currently being stored at waste management centres across the city,” said BBMP additional commissioner (SWM) D Randeep.

Using plastic as a component in building roads is not new in Bengaluru—where many well-known stretches including MG Road and Old Airport Road have been built with plastic. It is however the first time that the airport has come forward to use plastic to build infrastructure.

Source: The Times of India

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