Mass Gravity Retaining Walls
AMBY VALLEY - MAHARASHTRA - India
Sahara India Corporation Ltd.
GABION WALLS FOR SAHARA AAMBY VALLEY CITY
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Photo 3 : Construction of Gabion wall behind club house
Photo 4 : Completed structure
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The reason for landslides were excessive vertical cuttings, overburden masses, inadequate surface and subsurface drainage and improper diversion of drainage. The native soil is lateritic which behaves as hard stone in dry condition and starts losing cohesion when it is saturated during heavy monsoon prevalent in the area for around 3 to 4 months. The source of a better soil is far away and this makes the soil replacement option (for foundation and backfill) very expensive. All the above factors necessitated the selection of a solution which is having enough provision to dissipate pore water pressure completely. The proximity of entire project location in a high seismic zone, proximity of Koyna dam reservoir and presence of lateritic soil urged the requirement of flexible structures. Also as the objective was to make a high class city with world class amenities, the need of a perfect landscaping was also aimed at from the planning stage itself.
A series of self-draining, flexible, eco-friendly Gabion walls have been provided in Sahara Lake City along external/internal roads, mini club area, car parking area and lake front. Gabion with its high porosity in the order of 30-35% became the ideal solution. In many of the stretches, solutions were offered to restore the slides. Emphasis was laid on the provision of an eco-friendly solution.