Express news service

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has now woken up from a deep slumber after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a penalty of Rs 2,180 crore on the state government for its failure to treat solid and liquid waste.

The government has now decided to use plastic waste in the construction of roads to properly utilize the material, which is otherwise not recycled. Punjab Chief Secretary V.K. Janjua, in his action plan submitted to the NGT, said the government plans to use plastic waste in road construction. PWD Board, B&R and Punjab Mandi have already started using plastic waste in the construction of rural roads. Such roads have already been built in the village of Ikolaha Hana.

Sources said plastic waste generated in Punjab has crossed one lakh metric tonne since last year, with 1.04 lakh MT plastic waste generated out of which 34,426 MT was processed. Last month, a bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice AK Goel had said that remedial measures cannot wait indefinitely and health issues are being delayed for long.



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