Remember the thing that makes monsoons in India less beautiful (read ‘horrendous’)? Yes, water-logging; one of the many adverse phenomenons that the municipalities in even the major cities of the country fail to cope with. Hence, every year, cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. go partially under water with water-logged streets and over-flowing gutters.
An end to puddles? Bizarre ‘thirsty’ concrete sucks up hundreds of gallons of water in less than a minute.
Concrete is rarely the most fascinating of subjects, but a strange ‘thirsty’ version of the material has turned it into something rather compelling.
Topmix Permeable concrete is designed to be a super-absorbent surface covering that allows water to seep through it rather than sitting on top in an attempt to combat flooding.
While the Topmix Permeable concrete has already been used in a car park in High Wycombe and Worksop Golf Course in England, it would be great to see some of it spread across a few flood-prone places in India.