Jamshedpur's Plastic Roads Initiative Is A Lesson For All Indian Cities!

Disposal of waste plastic is no longer a problem in the steel city with Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company (JUSCO) using bitumen technology on waste plastic, ranging from polybags to biscuit packets, for constructing roads.


JUSCO, a 100 per cent subsidiary company of Tata Steel which maintains and provides municipal services in Tata command area of the city, has constructed 12-15 kms road in the steel city as well as Tata Steel Works besides widening 22 roads using the environment-friendly technology of utilising waste plastic.

Bitumen process in use. Image: News18

"As far as we know, Jamshedpur is the only city in eastern India where bitumen technology (Dry Process) patented by Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Tirupparankuram, Madurai, has been implemented on accumulated waste plastic for the first time", Gaurav Anand, Senior Manager (Quality Assurance) of JUSCO, said today.

Claiming that there is no maintenance cost involved for the first five years, Anand, who is an environment engineer, said that for every stretch of such one km long and four metre wide road, one tonne of bitumen costing Rs 50,000 is saved.

The use of bitumen has been reduced by 7 per cent ever since JUSCO began using waste plastic in road construction work, he said, adding that the quality and longevity of roads made of waste plastic-aggregate-bitumen was two times better than bitumen road.

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Describing plastic tar road as a "new pathway", Pratyush Dandpat, Deputy Manager (Quality Assurance) of JUSCO, said that the technology turned out to be successful.

Besides being water resistant, it has better binding property, higher softening point, can withstand high temperature and higher load, has lower penetration value, costs less as compared to bitumen road and has no toxic gas emission, Dandpat said.

Though there is great demand for the technology, including from Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand governments, but "we do not have any plan to commercialise it but to serve society. We have even received a request from Nigeria, which wants to replicate it in their country", Anand said.

Due to the JUSCO initiative, the city will now have strong, durable, eco-friendly roads which will also relieve the residents from the sight of heaps of plastic waste.
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30 Artistic Ceilings From Around the World

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Ceilings are the closest mankind has come to imitating the natural dome of the world - the skies. We look up wanting to see beauty above us, unattained and etheral, yet soothing and wondrous. These ceilings from all over the world make me want to visit these places, so I can gaze in captivated amazement and the artful ideas expressed there. These are truly inspired.

Hall of Mirrors,Versailles, France

Abbey Library of Saint Gall, Switzerland

Salon Urbain in Montreal, Canada

Shāh Chérāgh mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Tiffany Company tile mosaic at the Marshall Field's Building in Chicago, Illinois

Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Los Angeles Public Library

Home entrance room, Cape Town, South Africa

Cosmovitral in Toluca, Mexico

Hall of the Two Sisters, Alhambra, Spain

Bank of Commerce Building in Toronto, Canada

The Peacock Room at Sammezzano Castle in Italy

Metro station in Naples, Italy

La Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona, Spain

Chamber of Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Mirror Room of the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium (the green is actually made from 1.6 million beetles)

Hall of Ambassadors at the Alcázar of Seville, Spain

National Assembly Building in Wales

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City

Summer Palace in Beijing, China

Trinity College Library in Ireland

Glass ceiling by Chihuly at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

Victorian State Library, Australia

Pool at the Lausanne Palace Spa in Switzerland

British Museum in London

Marrakech Menara Airport in Morocco

Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station in Moscow, Russia

Nishi Grand Stair Interior in Canberra, Australia

I couldn't forgive myself if I didn't include the most famous ceiling of all - the Sistine Chapel

Gilbert K. Chesterton

3D Bathroom Floors

3D epoxy floors let you experience the thrill of going to the toilet in public by using angled photos and multiple transparent layers to turn your bathroom into an outdoor space. Imperial, a company from Dubai, has cornered the 3D floor design market for now, but this product is too popular to remain exclusive for long.

According to Imperial, liquid 3D floors are a recent innovation first used in hotels, offices, and shopping centers. However, they insist it’s a misconception that decorative screed can only be used in the bathroom or toilet – in fact, 3D floors are suitable for any room, “and even villas.”

Clearly, the future is now. See below for some jaw-dropping example of 3D flooring, if you dare!

The World of a Squirrel

Squirrels often appear on people's "favourite animals" list, probably because they're incredibly adorable, funny and furry. But they are much more, they are incredibly ast, resourceful, hard working and have an amazing sense of direction. They love hoarding and preparing for winter months, and will make sure they gather enough for a decent winter hoard.

Lets have a look at these cute little guys, and how they live:

Fall is the time for squirrels to gather as much food as possible in a mad dash to a well stocked food pile before winter settles in. They bring collected food into their homes in hollow trees or the ground.

A squirrel dream feast. Some ground squirrels start preparing for winter as early as early summer. The gray and fox squirrels have a 'scatter hoarding' pattern, in which they hide their hoarded food in many various locations, coming back for it later. A tree squirrel doesn't hibernate during winter, and so needs to have a daily supply of food.

A squirrel with its trophy, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Not only do squirrels love walnuts, but their brain is about the same size!

A curious and furry little squirrel.

Happy to have a snack.

Score! Many tree squirrels have long hair on their ears.

When we think of squirrels, we usually think of the tree squirrel, and they can be found in forests, parks and even urban environments.

As rodents, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing, so they can keep gnawing away as they please. They've even been known to chew through power cables, causing blackouts.

The bushy tail we love so much serves the squirrel well. It keeps them balanced, soften their jumps and helps them communicate with other squirrels.

Almost got it. Even squirrels fall out of trees sometimes, but they mostly use their tails as parachutes and are rarely harmed.

When hungry, a squirrel will eat outside its regular diet of plants and nuts, and start eating insects, eggs, small birds, small snakes and even smaller rodents.

Red berries are a delicious treat.

Many squirrels dig like crazy during the fall, to make many hiding places for their food hoard.

Gray squirrels sometimes have darker or lighter shades, like this rare white squirrel here.

And of course, they serve to entertain frustrated cats on a daily basis.

Squirrely love? Squirrels communicate through chirps and shrill little sounds, expressing anything from fear to contentment.

A playful red squirrel.

Squirrels come in a variety of colors and looks. These squirrels all stopped to take a photo, but can run very fast if needed. An officer that once used a radar gun to clock a gray squirrel, found he was moving at 20 mph (32 kph).

This squirrel is not albino, otherwise it would have red eyes. It is just a white squirrel enjoying a nibble.

This squirrel shows its agility by fence walking.

Squirrel excited over these unexpected yummies.

A black squirrel having a rest. All this searching, digging and hiding is tough work.

The antelope ground squirrel is one of the skinnier squirrels, and has a permanent 'youngling' look.

The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. This fat prairie dog has it pretty good, not having to search for its food. May be why it has let itself go a little.

Fall season means work work work.

Fussing over its fur, this squirrel is wiping its face with its tail.

Squirrels don't really like swimming, as it's very hard on them. They only swim if they really have to.

Squirrels are just as curious as cats, even when it comes to the ferocious owl.

A squirrel meets a White-throated Kingfisher. Who will leave the branch?

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