Meghalaya State looks forward to adopt new technology on road construction

Shillong, July 30: The distressing rate of global climate change now witnessed as a result of greenhouse gas emission is unprecedented in modern records. All sectors of our society are scrutinized for potential savings of energy, where road construction industry stands as a primary source of carbon emission. However, the Cold Mix technology, a new revolution in this sector is one potential area for energy saving.

And, with an aim to generate more awareness and accentuate on the use of Cold Mix Technology, Bitchem Asphalt Technologies Ltd. in collaboration with The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) today conducted an Interactive Workshop to the Public Works Department (PWD), Meghalaya on July 29, 2019 at State Convention Centre, Shillong in Meghalaya.

BitChem, the exclusive Licensee for Cold Mix Technology from CSIR-CRRI, is set with a mission to build Green Roads in India. And Meghalaya is one of the states with highly satisfactory results encouraging the usage of cold mix since past 6 years under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

The Public Works Department, Meghalaya looks forward to adopting this new technology which is an energy efficient, eco-friendly and pollution free method of road construction which mitigates the carbon footprint and prevents adverse effect on the health of the workers as well. “Based upon the results under the PMGSY roads construction, we are keen to take up pilot trials in our PWD, Meghalaya too,” said Mr L D Suchiang, Chief Engineer, PWD (Roads) during the interactive workshop.

CRRI- BitChem Cold Mix with its clean and responsible road construction practices has gained so much popularity and credibility that it has almost overcome the conventional hot mix technology. “With thousands of kilometers of roads being constructed every year under National Highway Authority of India, NRRDA, State Highway in India and Northeast India, cold mix ensures the nation save 1,500 liters of fuel per km amounting to 45 million liters and 120 million kg carbon footprints annually for 30,000 kms of road,” said Gulfam Khan, In Charge, Business Development and Technical Services, BitChem Asphalt Technologies Ltd.

Moreover, the cold mix technology is an impressive option to resolve the problems of road connectivity in the states like Meghalaya as factor like heavy rainfall often delay the construction and maintenance of roads with having the wettest place of the earth in its premises.

Mr  JV Lyngdoh, Addl Chief Engineer, PWD(R), Meghalaya, State Quality Coordinator and more than 130 PWD, PMGSY engineers along with the contractors were actively present during the day-long workshop for a better understanding of usage and advantages of CRRI- BitChem Cold Mix Technology, a tested, tried and proven road technology with field performance of 7500+ kilometers of roads across the country. Cold Mix is a mainstream technology and has been adopted in 24 states of India till date.


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