To reduce the risks of landslides and devastation in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand, the Union Road and Highway Ministry sought help to provide solutions and partnered with civil engineering solution provider, Maccaferri. The solution has now been implemented as the Maccaferri completes the construction of reinforced soil wall on NH-58 passing through Lambagarh, Uttarakhand which is also the road that leads to the Badrinath shrine. For many years, extreme weather conditions along with man-made factors have been causing heavy loss and damage to infrastructure. Whenever a landslide occurs during monsoon season, it causes disruption to traffic and also holds up devotees for days in a particular region, restricting further travel.
The solution implemented by the government in partnership with Maccaferri is expected to “counteract the destabilizing forces in the restricted space” and improve the safety as well as quality of the road in the region.
As per Maccaferri, “the project involved constructing a reinforced soil wall having a maximum height of 44m. This was to be supported with gabions as a facia and high strength geogrid. The construction was to be done across a stretch of 500m. To be sure, gabions are cages engineered from double twisted hexagonal woven steel wire mesh.”