Odisha govt to use fly ash for Jamhjadi-Dhamara road construction

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to use fly ash in the construction of 60 km of road from Jamhjadi-Dhamara via Basudevpur in Bhadrak district.

It was decided in a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here on Wednesday.

Works secretary Nalini Kanta Pradhan outlined the issues relating to the quantum of ash that could be used in the construction of the road and their availability. Considering the requirement of the road, Padhi directed the major coal using industrial houses to supply the fly generated in their industries for constriction of the road.

The industries would do it as compliance with the environmental norms. It would help the industries in the utilization of the fly ash and would also be beneficial for the environment.

Discussion in the meeting revealed that around 8 lakh cubic meter of fly ash could be utilized in the construction of the road.

The senior officers and representatives of the industries like NALCO, NTPC, JSPL, Bhusan VISA agreed to supply the fly ash. All these industries together would supply around 4.28 lakh cubic meter of ash in a year.

The Chief Secretary asked concerned departments to issue necessary orders and provide all support for smooth transportation of the fly ash from the factories to the work site.

It was decided that the industries would make arrangements for delivery of the fly ash at the worksite and concerned Government departments would do necessary facilitation.

Director State Pollution Control Board Debidatta Biswal along with senior officers, engineers and representatives of the industrial houses participated in the discussions.