- That there are worries about microplastics and the fact that they will get into the soil and make it dirty, which will hurt the ecosystems.
The top engineering officer of the Indian Army said on Wednesday that the country is on the verge of an infrastructure revolution because of changes in the sector and the fact that the Army is now building operational buildings with high-energy technology.
Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, the Engineer in Chief of the Indian Army, said at a meeting in Goa, “The Military Engineering Services, an infrastructure branch of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army, is using niche technologies to make construction faster and better everywhere.”
“In just three weeks, the Military Engineering Service took over a start-up and built the first 3D-printed, permanent housing for married soldiers in India. “More of these kinds of plans are in the works,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Gati Shakti National Master Plan in October 2021. He said that programmes like multimodal connectivity were ushering in a new era of government in the country.
The officer said, “This initiative brought together 16 Ministries, like Railways and Highways, on a single digital platform for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of projects to connect infrastructure.”
He said that the initiative will include infrastructure plans from different Ministries and State Governments, such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland water transport, dry/land ports, UDAN, etc.
“Therefore, we can see that an infrastructure revolution is already on the horizon,” he said.
Singh said that waste management is one of the most important issues in modern society because of the growing amount and complexity of both household and industrial wastes and their effects on health and the environment.
“Some of the new ideas in this field are waste level sensors, robotic recycling methods based on artificial intelligence (AI), and trash compactors that are powered by the sun, among other things. We can also look at ways to recycle waste concrete, make roads out of waste plastics, etc., and gasify plasma, he said.
He said that plastic pollution is a serious problem that everyone can relate to and that our civil engineers are trying to find solutions. One of these ideas is to use plastic trash to make roads. India has also started to test this idea by building plastic roads.
He did say, though, that there are worries about microplastics and the fact that they will get into the soil and make it dirty, which will hurt the ecosystems. With better implementation and integration, this idea could be a big deal that changes the game.
He also said that using photovoltaic glazing on roofs, windows, and other building materials can help replace traditional glass. This is good for civil engineers, who can invest in and use more environmentally friendly building materials in their plans. He said that using Pyrolysis to make it easier to turn plastics into fuels would be a big step forward.