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Did you know that an Indian has already invented a method to convert hazardous plastic waste into roads? Unfortunately, his achievement has neither been appreciated nor remembered by our government.
R Vasudevan, the ‘Plastic-Man’ of India is a Maduari-based chemistry professor. He came up with an innovative method to reuse plastic waste to construct better, more durable and very cost-effective roads. The roads also show greater resistance to damages caused by water during rains.
Sadly, our own country did not take him seriously, and now the Netherlands is testing his idea and constructing roads using his patented technology. The technique will involves molding of plastic waste using blue metal into pre-fabricated bricks. These bricks help to build roads quickly.
This system will not only help to use up dangerous plastics for a good cause, but also allow roads to be built quickly. The plastic also provides durability to the roads as well as lightens the surface load as plastic is lighter than traditional road material. The maintenance cost will also be lower compared to asphalt roads. As per The Guardian, these roads are also hollow, making it easier to install cables and utility pipelines below the surface. Sections can be prefabricated in a factory and transported to where they are needed, reducing on-site construction, while the shorter construction time and low maintenance will mean less congestion caused by roadworks. Lighter materials can also be transported more efficiently.
India needs such innovations to tackle its mounting environmental and infrastructure problems. It is surprising that no mainstream media channel has tried to highlight this novel innovation yet.
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The Indian government is planning to set up 100 new incubation centres, while scaling-up the existing ones and establish 500 ‘Atal tinkering labs’ for schools, under the new initiatives of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), launched by NITI Aayog. The details:
Atal Incubation Centres (AIC)
Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) will be set up in schools across India, where young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Startups incubation program by governments
– SETU program for startups: In February 2015, a “techno-financial incubation and facilitation program” called the Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) had been proposed, and Rs 1000 crore was initially set aside for the same.
– In April, Telangana government had announced policies and initiatives to help promote startups and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in the state.
– In March, The Tamil Nadu Government and IT industry lobby group Nasscom had set-up a startup warehouse in Chennai. Nasscom had also set-up another startup warehouse in Bangalore with the help of the Karnataka Government in 2014. It also has startup warehouses in Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, Gurgaon and Hyderabad.
– In December 2014, it had been announced that Incubation centres (National Centre of Excellence) under PPP mode with NASSCOM and other industry players will be set up, to host startups, SMEs and students.
– In the budget presentation of July 2014, the finance minister had proposed a nationwide “District level Incubation and Accelerator Program” for incubation of new ideas and providing necessary support to accelerate entrepreneurship.
This Experiment Using a Glass Cover and the Sun Can Generate Water Even in Drought Affected Areas!
April 7, 2016
In a semi-arid region of Satara district in Maharashtra, there is a plot of lush green land with about 20 fully-grown, beautiful trees – all of which were the part of a very efficient experiment. The seedlings for these trees were fed with water obtained from dry soil, with the help of solar energy.
“I did my PhD in America way back in the late 1970s. And most of my work was around solar distillation of water. I looked at everything that could possibly be done with solar energy at that time and found that if you dig a small hole in the desert, and cover it with plastic, solar energy heats the soil and you can collect a cup of water every day. This was something that remained at the back of my mind for years,” says Dr. Anil Rajvanshi, Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) – a non-profit research and development institute based in Phaltan, Maharashtra.
In 1981, Dr. Rajvanshi returned to India with the aim of using his education to work for the development of rural India, and started establishing the energy and sustainable development work at NARI.
Dr. Anil Rajvanshi
“I came to this very dry and partially semi-arid region. Sometime in the 1980s, the Government of India conducted a very large-scale tree plantation program. But of the many seeds that were planted, only a few resulted in fully-grown trees. Most of the seeds perished,” he remembers.