The interior minister, Sheikh Rasheed, inaugurated Pakistan’s First-Ever Plastic road in Islamabad – a 1km-long road of Ataturk Avenue was carpeted with plastic mixed bitumen. The eco-friendly road was a project by Coca-Cola Pakistan with Capital Development Authority and the National Incubation Centre. The minister appreciated the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed and other partners for the idea. Students and environment-friendly people attended the inauguration ceremony.
Pakistan’s First-Ever Plastic road utilised 10 tonnes of plastic bottles
Pakistan’s First-Ever Plastic road project by Coca-Cola utilised 10 tonnes of plastic bottles collected for this purpose and serves as a model for nationwide practice. As per the beverage company, plastic to make roads is a global practice, and these roads are more durable. The purpose of building Pakistan’s First-Ever Plastic road is to protect the environment. Still, if scaled up to other roads in rural areas, urban centres and national highways, the positive impact on both development and the environment will be large.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed said, “This plastic road project will set the stage for the future of innovation within our joint sustainability drive with the Coca-Cola Company. What is particularly exciting is how this opens us up to the possibility of making this a reality across the nation.” Amer Ali Ahmed, Chairman, Capital Development Authority, said, “This plastic road project will set the stage for the future of innovation. What is particularly exciting is how this opens us up to the possibility of now making this a reality across the nation.”
The total cost of the project
Pakistan’s First-Ever Plastic road project was a part of the ‘World Without Plastic’ programme, and it cost around 21 million Pakistani rupees. Coca-Cola launched the ‘World Without Waste’ initiative in 2018, where the company took a pledge to collect and recycle every bottle or can it will sell by 2030. Fahad Ashraf, VP, Coca-Cola Pakistan, said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan has given us the vision to find solutions that serve the commoner. I am happy to say that this road is part of the vision because it provides jobs, saves the government repairs cost, and above all, protects our environment.”