Anantapur: The Civil Engineering Department of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur (JNTUA) has come up with an innovative plan of using natural rubber in road construction.
The research project has been sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The project cost will be Rs 1.75 crore and the Centre will release the money in a phased manner. "During the research, the civil engineering department came up with an idea to recycle rubber for making pavements," Project Investigator Prof Sashidhar told News Meter.
Senior professor of the Civil Engineering department Dr. PR Bhanu Murthy is the Project Advisor. The research project is for four years. There will be a special laboratory setup in the college premises. The research will be mainly carried out by the students of the Civil Engineering Department.
According to recent studies, rubber roads are used extensively in the highway paving industry in Arizona, California, and Texas. JNTUA research would focus on how rubber can be used for laying roads particularly covering patches and repairing damages. The research will start with rubber pipe recycling for making pavements.
"Once the project begins, we would take the help of Roads and Buildings (R&B) department and start a pilot project in Anantapur", said Prof. Sashidhar.