India’s first steel slag road in Gujarat opens for traffic

Making the best out of waste, India for the first time has made a road in Surat, Gujarat utilizing waste steel.

The one-kilometer-long road in the Hazira industrial area has six lanes and is a brainchild of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) with help from the Ministry of Steel and Policy Commission and the NITI Aayog.

The road made of 100% steel is considered to be cost-effective and more durable than conventional roads in the country and can withstand damage that monsoon season tends to have. This road has been open to traffic on a trial basis. 

The steel road has a thickness that is 30 percent less in comparison to conventional roads. With the durability of steel road a prime focus, it is reported that at least 20 loaded trucks are passing through this stretch each day, it can also be a gamechanger in up-cycling steel slag which otherwise goes to landfills. 

The disposal of metallurgical and metal-processing waste in landfills is particularly hazardous for the environment.

The steel industry produces millions of tonnes of steel slag that have no alternate use thus far. If this experiment of making roads with steel proves to be a success, more roads in the country could be given the same treatment.

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