The research project will study design practices for paneled concrete pavements
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have entered into an agreement for research on paneled concrete pavements. The agreement calls for a research project of 3 years duration. NHAI has already released Rs 1.25 crore for the project.
"NHAI in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur shall promote to develop a technology to construct paneled cement concrete (pre-fabricated in a small panel size) which can replace the design of construction of existing cement concrete road," read a statement released by NHAI.
Highways in India are paved with bituminous material (asphaltic concrete). However the material wears away easily in the face of extreme weather conditions and requires regular maintenance. "Therefore, to overcome this problem, the Government of India has recently announced a policy for the construction of concrete pavements for all major highways due to their longevity and maintenance free life," added the release.
Road construction in Indian involves the laying of a 300 mm layer of asphaltic concrete over a prepared surface. The research project also aims to find a more efficient and economical design and process for the use of paneled concrete pavements.
"The paneled concrete pavement laid on a lean concrete base can fulfill government's dream of providing a long lasting, maintenance free pavement at a cost at par with those of asphalt pavements," read the statement.