International Conference on Steel Slag Road

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Source-This post on International Conference on Steel Slag Road has been created based on the article “International Conference on Steel Slag Road: Member (Science) Niti Aayog, Dr.V.K.Saraswat releases the Guidelines for Utilization of Steel Slag in Road Construction” published in “PIB” on 1 July 2024.

Why in the news?

Recently, First International Conference on Steel Slag Road jointly organized by CSIR-CRRI and PHDCCI at New-Delhi.

About International Conference on Steel Slag Road

1. About: The international Conference on Steel Slag Road held on 29th June 2024 at New Delhi.

2. Organized by: CSIR-CRRI and PHDCCI

3. Key Outcomes:

i) Guidelines for the utilization and processing of steel slag in road construction were released, promoting sustainable infrastructure.

ii) The steel slag road technology has received international attention, demonstrating confidence in its efficacy and environmental benefits.

iii) Utilization of steel slag in road construction reduces greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint, contributing to the Clean India Mission.

4. Significance:  The conference underscored the importance of converting waste to wealth through innovative technologies.

5. It emphasized the collaboration between various ministries and the steel industry to promote sustainable development.

About Steel Slag Road Technology:

1. The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Steel and major steel manufacturing companies, has developed this technology.

2. Purpose: To address environmental challenges posed by steel slag waste.

3. Usage: Utilizes steel slag, a byproduct of steel production, to build robust and durable roads.

4. Process: Steel slag is processed to remove impurities and metal content, then used as an aggregate for road base or sub-base layers.

5. Advantages:

i) Eco-friendly: Reduces landfill burden and minimizes environmental impact.

ii) Cost-effective: Approximately 30% cheaper than conventional paving methods.

iii) Durable: Resists weather changes, leading to reduced maintenance costs.

iv) Resource Conservation: Eliminates reliance on natural materials.

6. Successful Implementation: The first Steel Slag Road in Surat, Gujarat has received recognition for its technological excellence.

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