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India’s first steel road featured in Gujarat

Surat, Gujarat, features a road created entirely of steel waste, which is one of the best instances of sustainable development. ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India collaborated on the steel slag road with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), and the government think tank Niti Aayog.

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KEY POINTS:

  • The Hazira Industrial Area in Surat, Gujarat, has created a one-of-a-kind road.
  • The road was constructed entirely of 1000 percent processed steel slag. Steel slag is a major source of concern for the steel industry because it is regarded as a waste product.
  • The environmental impact of metallurgical and metal-processing waste disposal in landfills is particularly high. Processed steel slag aggregate has a lot of potential as a natural construction material substitute.
  • The trial project is a one-kilometre road with six lanes. So far, the path has proven to be reliable. Every day, almost 1,000 trucks, weighing between 18 and 30 tonnes, drive along the steel road.
  • Various plants across the country produce millions of tonnes of steel waste each year, which is disposed of in landfills. This one-of-a-kind initiative will now not only make use of a previously underutilised resource but will also result in more durable roadways.

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