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Tech solutions for N-E roads

Kohima, June 2: Scientists and technocrats have stressed the need to adopt new technology, like launching a Green Roads Mission in the northeastern states and implementing the cold mix technology, echoing Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s views that roads in the region need special solutions.

Senior engineers of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) today agreed to push for implementation and largescale use of proven technologies for the development of the region.

P.K. Jain, a senior scientist with the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), the apex road research agency in the country, said, “The Northeast confronts us with unique challenges with its topography and weather conditions. States should learn from Assam the adoption of newer technologies like cold mix black-topping solutions.”

The institute has striven to implement new technology in road construction across the country. Recently, it gave an exclusive licence to Bitchem Asphalt Technologies Ltd to promote cold mix technology in the Northeast.

The cold mix technology is considered greener, safer and facilitates faster black-topping of roads.

The water-repellent property of the technology is particularly beneficial to areas with high rainfall.

Deepak Dogra, the vice-president of Bitchem, said, “Cold mix is an environment-friendly and suitable technology recognised the world over for its efficacy. It is time for all northeastern states to use it to achieve enhanced road connectivity and prosperity.”

According to the National Rural Road Development Agency of the ministry of rural development, road construction and repairs done through the hot mix technology is often not up to the mark and there is a need to use the cold mix technology.

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