Global Road Technology India’s operation has announced it has commenced road works on NH-2 using its advanced recycling technology with Foamed Bitumen. GRT is working with lead contractor Soma Enterprises under their concessionaire subsidiary, Soma-Isolux to rehabilitate approximately 74 km of damaged pavement in the state of Bihar.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is looking at entering into long-term contracts with cement majors across the country to purchase the construction material at a lower cost and shift to concrete roads, which are seen to be more durable although they cost more than those made using bitumen.
A report by the Planning Commission says that the Indian Government is spending Rs 21,700 crore on maintaining roads every year. This includes 3.5 lakh km of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and non PMGSY of 25.2 lakh km.
PK JAIN and ABHISHEK MITTAL elaborate on the growing use of bitumen emulsion technologies for the construction and maintenance of roads. Flexible pavements constitute over 90 per cent of the total road network in India. Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is generally used for the construction of the base
Downward pressure on margins, availability of funds and slow moving order books - these summarise the performance of the construction and building sector in 2013. Going forward, faster execution of projects and seamless flow of funds into the sector hold the key to a positive outlook of this sector.