Article and Image Courtesy : The Weekened Leader
Author : Sapna Gopal
The brothers have laid a total stretch of 1400 km plastic-bitumen road in Bengaluru
It is a sight many of us abhor. However, when it comes to tackling it, we would probably take a backseat. The sight of plastic waste littered around is a common sight in most urban residential areas.
But brothers Rasool and Ahmed Khan may well help change all that. The duo, who once ran a bustling business of plastic, graduated to a more meaningful venture of using discarded plastic for laying roads.
The oft used adage, in every adversity lies opportunity, would probably be an apt way to describe their venture.
In 1996, when a ban was imposed on plastic bags in Karnataka, the question that the brothers who made a living by selling them in Bengaluru asked themselves was, ‘what next?’
Looking back, Rasool states, “Since we had 100 employees who were dependent on us, we had to look for an alternative. That’s when the idea of recycling plastic and mixing it with bitumen to lay roads struck us.”