Vertical Drainage Works
GURGAON-KOTPUTLI-JAIPUR - HARYANA AND RAJASTHAN - India
SIX LANING OF GURGAON-KOTPUTLI-JAIPUR SECTION OF NH-8
Photo 1: Masonry retaining wall
Photo 2: Dressing of protrusions
Photo 3: Placement and joining of MacDrain®
Photo 4: Placement of backfill till top of wall
Photo 5: Seepage noted from weep holes
Photo 6: MacDrain® retrieved after test
The Gurgaon-Kotputli-Jaipur on NH-8 is a high traffic corridor (km 42.7 to km 273.0) connecting Haryana and Rajasthan. The corridor was four laned as part of NHAI’s Golden Quadrilateral project. Due to high traffic congestion, this four laned road was proposed to be developed into six lane. It was decided to construct a masonry wall along the highway to retain the embankment. As per MORTH requirements, 600mm thick gravel filter shall be provided behind retaining wall as a drainage media to quickly drain off excess pore water which may develop behind the wall. Weep holes were provided throughout the length of the wall to drain out the seepage from the backfill. M/s. NKC Projects Ltd. requested Maccaferri for a suitable solution to replace this 600mm thick gravel filter, as it was very difficult to maintain quality and consistency of conventional graded gravel filter. Also, time required for construction of graded gravel filter was high.
Maccaferri proposed a better alternative solution of placing a layer of MacDrain® behind the retaining wall, replacing the conventional drainage arrangement of graded gravel layer. MacDrain® is a specifically designed geocomposite to meet the drainage and protection requirements in structurally demanding water draining applications. NHAI requested to conduct field trial on MacDrain® for a stretch of 20m. M/s. NKC Projects, submitted a detailed plan to conduct field trial on MacDrain®. The trial was witnessed by M/s CEG (Project Management Consultant), independent consultant M/s. SNC Lavlin and NHAI officials. The trial program spanned over 20 days. The drainage composite was retrieved by removal of backfill after 20 days. Advantages of MacDrain: – Effective solution compared to gravel drain. – Non-biodegradable. – Being factory made, high quality is ensured. – Convenient to install. – Economical. – Eco-friendly. With due consideration to the above it can be concluded that the trial was successful and clearly indicate the effectiveness of MacDrain as a drainage layer.