Every year, 19 million tonnes of steel waste is produced by steel plants across the country. Most of this waste ends up getting accumulated in landfills. However, a way to give new life to this steel slag has been found and executed.
India’s First Steel Road
A road made of steel waste has been built in the Hazira Industrial Area in Surat, Gujarat, as part of the first such project as part of research. The project to reuse the steel discarded as waste to produce the first steel road of the country is co-sponsored by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), with assistance from the Ministry of Steel and Policy Commission, as well as the NITI Aayog. The project is a step in the positive direction for the Waste to Wealth and Clean India campaigns of the Indian government.
The one-kilometre-long experimental project road includes six lanes. It is built entirely of processed steel aggregate and serves as an alternative to traditional materials. The thickness of the road has also been lowered by 30%, according to CSRI. This novel approach is thought to be capable of preventing road damage during the rainy season.
#Steelslag road built with 100 % processed steel slag aggregates in all layers of bituminous roads at Hazira, Surat in collaboration of @CSIRCRRI & @AMNSIndia under the R&D study sponsored by @SteelMinIndia. @NITIAayog @TATASTEEL @jswsteel @RinlVsp @NHAI_Official@CSIR_IND pic.twitter.com/dNHxxdnAZA
— CSIR CRRI (@CSIRCRRI) March 22, 2022