RBI Grade 81 from Alchemist Group Upgrades Airport Road in Srinagar

Date: 22/10/2011

RBI Grade 81 being used at Srinagar International AirportPrompted by a sustained campaign about the dilapidated condition of Rawalpora-Humhama link road – a vital alternative route to Srinagar International Airport, the government finally woke up to upgrade this Kacha road. The upgradation is coming innovative as RBI Grade 81,  a Soil Stabilizing Technology, which makes the track base “as strong as cement”, is being used for the work. It’s for the first that the compound is being used in the summer Capital, the City often known for bad roads.


"PILOT PROJECT'
 To start with a kilometre long stretch of the Canal Road is getting the sophisticated treatment, which as per experts, apart from strengthening the “load bearing capacity” also increases the road lifespan.
 “Soon after the RBI-81 treatment, a seal coat of macadam needs to be laid which makes the road fit for movement,” experts said.

THE ‘MIRACLE COMPOUND'
 “Developed in South Africa and patented all over the world, this remarkable technology converts ordinary soil into hardened concrete type materials for creating industrial-grade road building foundations. This technology is now available exclusively in India through Alchemist Group’s company Alchemist Touchnology,” says the company website. The Alchemist Group has sent a team of experts and skilled labour for the work execution.

Arif Ali, a B-Tech from Jamia Milia Islamia, who is a part of the expert team in Srinagar, said the compound was ideal for roads of places like Srinagar.
 The ‘miracle compound’, as per news reports, has already been used in the country by the Indian Army at its strategic locations including the Indo-China border where a runway was constructed using the RBI-81.

THE GENESIS
 Sources said for the past around two years, the state police had been desirous of getting the Canal Road upgraded. “But unlike most other roads, which start developing potholes within months of work execution, police wanted this road of strategic importance to the best one,” they said.

Given the fear of a police probe in case of “poor work”, the sources said, the Roads and Building (R&B) department slept over the work initiation for quite sometime.

GOVT INTERVENTION
But the sustained campaign by Greater Kashmir over the dilapidated condition of the road is understood to have prompted the MoS R&B Javed Dar to get the work started at an earliest. Sources said it was because of Dar’s keen monitoring that the department went ahead to test the RBI-81 on the Kashmir grounds.
 “We want to deliver quality to the people… So we are trying this sophisticated initiative,” the minister said.

“Let’s see how it works… If all goes well the entire canal road stretch will be given the same treatment,” Executive Engineer R&B Nazir  Ahmad Tak told Greater Kashmir.

Read more about this miracle compound RBI Grade 81 here.