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World’s first long Bamboo Crash Barrier ‘Bahu Balli’ installed on the Vani-Warora Highway

New Delhi: We know Bamboo has been used for crash barriers for the first time in the world and India has achieved this feat. Usually steel is used for this. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said that a 200-metre long bamboo crash barrier has been installed on a highway connecting Chandrapur and Yavatmal districts in Maharashtra.

Gadkari said that this is the first exercise of its kind in the world. Describing it as a remarkable achievement for the country and its bamboo sector, Gadkari said that this crash barrier provides a perfect alternative to steel and addresses environmental concerns.

An extraordinary accomplishment towards achieving Aatma Nirbhar Bharat has been made with the development of the world’s first 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier which has been installed on the Vani-Warora Highway,Vidarbh, Maharashtra.

This Bamboo Crash Barrier, which has been named as Bahu Balli, underwent rigorous testing at various government-run institutions such as the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) in Pithampur, Indore and was rated as Class 1 during the Fire Rating Test conducted at the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) in Roorkee.

Additionally, it has also been accredited by the Indian Road Congress. The recycling value of the bamboo barrier is 50-70% whereas that of steel barriers is 30-50%.

The bamboo species used to make this barrier is (Bambusa Balcoa), which has been treated with creosote oil and coated with recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Gadkari said. This achievement is remarkable for the bamboo sector and India as a whole, as this crash barrier provides a true alternative to steel and addresses environmental concerns and their consequences.

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