The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has started a pilot project to lay plastic-made paver blocks on two pavements in New Town. The first lot of these paver blocks has arrived and will be laid in front of Swapna Bhor Gate and on the smart street near the mela ground gate.
The paver blocks have been made from the dry waste that had been collected from the stackyard at Pathorghata mouza on Hidco land, just outside the periphery of New Town. “Dry waste has been segregated and then mixed with additives and put in moulds.
A resident of New Town, who runs a factory to convert plastics to show heels, has manufactured and delivered the plastic paver blocks. The dimension of the moulds for making the blocks were determined after consulting NKDA engineers.
“After relaying the paver blocks, they will be checked for an year to assess their efficacy. If the results are satisfactory, the same method will be extended to other places in New Town,” said a NKDA official.
The authorities had used shredded plastic waste along with bitumen while repairing two roads in the township. The smart street that is coming up in front of mela ground has also been laid with plastic.
NKDA authorities are urging people in New Town to segregate dry and wet waste at source. Officials said that around 35% of the households have followed the waste segregation norms that was enforced last year and that they will now renew the campaign.