The creation of the world’s first bamboo-made crash barrier, which was built on the Vani-Warora Highway in Vidarbh, Maharashtra, is a step towards realising Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
The 200-meter-long bamboo crash barrier, known as Bahu Balli, was rated as Class 1 during the fire rating test carried out at the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) in Roorkee, according to a statement from the Ministry of Road and Highways. It underwent rigorous testing at numerous government-run institutions, including the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) in Pithampur, Indore. It has also received approval from the Indian Road Congress. According to the statement, bamboo barriers have a recycling value between 50 and 70 per cent, compared to 30 to 50 per cent for steel barriers.
The bamboo species used in making this barrier is Bambusa Balcoa, which is treated with creosote oil and coated with recycled High-Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE).
As a great substitute for steel and a solution to environmental issues and their aftereffects, this accomplishment, according to the Ministry, is significant for the bamboo sector and India as a whole.
(With inputs from ANI)