Indian government wants to reduce road construction costs without compromising construction quality17. December 2020
India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Gadkari, said at a virtual conference for the road construction industry that the government will introduce certain guidelines for reducing the cost of road construction while maintaining the quality of construction work. At the same time, the Minister called on the industry to increase the use of plastic and rubber processing waste to reduce the environmental impact of the disposal of waste. Residual materials from the metal industry such as slag and sprue residues should also be considered for use in road construction, the minister continued. He also suggested using local raw materials such as jute and coir in road construction to extend the life of the structures and improve the driving experience. For such projects, the government would develop and provide a system of formwork and prefabricated elements.
As part of the use of modern technology in road construction, the Minister called on the industry to use internationally recognized and proven construction methods. The industry must also develop a new scheme for a 10-year warranty period for the construction of asphalt roads. The current warranty period is five years. His ministry will support the construction industry with all possible means, said Gadkari. If the quality of execution of construction work improves, the ministry will approve projects to increase the share of asphalt roads in the country. In view of the COVID 19 pandemic, the minister was nevertheless able to report rapid and scheduled progress of road construction projects. Some construction sites are even ahead of schedule, Gadkari added. In India, building materials are subject to certification similar to the DIN/ISO/EN standards, for example cement and reinforcing steel or structural steel. The specifications are defined by the BIS standards. BIS stands for the Bureau of Indian Standards and is the national Indian certification body under the umbrella of the Indian Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food & Public Distribution. It is the central issuing body for BIS certification.
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