By Accommodation Times (www.accommodationtimes.com)
The Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned 3 road projects using latest Polymer-based technologies, under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Chhattisgarh. These roads will be constructed using the latest soil stabilization techniques, which is an in-situ method of stabilising the soil with Polymer in the liquid form. The technology has been accredited by Indian Road Congress and also laboratory tests have been carried out at IIT, Kharagpur. The three projects costing over seven crore rupees will be taken up in the districts of Dantewada, Bijapur and Narainpur.
One of the main problems in the construction of roads in remote forested areas is the non-availability of stone aggregate and it was observed during the recent visit of Minister of Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh to Narainpur that the aggregate required for the road construction is brought from at least 100 kilometers away.
The stone crushing units and quarries are not available in these areas as most of the land is under forest category and therefore, de-reservation procedures have to be followed to divert forest land. These problems have delayed the road construction works in these areas, apart from increasing the costs. Resultant lack of good connectivity has wide implications for the overall development activities and inclusive growth, particularly in such Naxal-affected areas. Moreover, the new technology besides reducing the time for construction will also save valuable forest area from being diverted.