Structural Drainage

Sprayed Concrete Wall Drainage, Deckdrain - Mukkola to Kerala NH-47 Highway, India

Client National Highway Authority of India

Larson & Toubro

Consultant Yong Ma Engineering

Deckdrain Drainage Geocomposite




– Lightweight and easily handled for rapid Installation
– High flow providing hydrostatic relief
– Excellent shotcrete lock
– Material and cost savings in shotcrete rebound

Project Description

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) awarded the NH-47 bypass stretch from Mukkola Junction to the Kerala/Tamil Nadu Border (NH-47) to L&T Construction, the contracting arm of engineering major Larsen & Toubro.

The much anticipated 16.5 km project develops the road into a four-lane highway, at a total cost approaching £100 million. The project is undertaken in an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model under the third phase of the National Highways Development Project.

The Challenge

The highway passes through built up areas and to minimise land take, where the highway is in cutting, a steep sided cut face was proposed. The proposed cross section of the road includes a 4m wide central median, paved shoulders of 1.5m in non-build-up locations and 2m in built-up locations, earthen shoulders of 2m, and reinforced cement concrete (RCC) drains of 1 m on either side of the developed stretch. This will result in a Right of Way (RoW) of 45m.

The cut faces were of a stiff, but erodible soil and were cut to a steep profile in the short-term. Reinforced shotcrete cladding was proposed to seal and stabilise the open face of the wall. However, the ground investigation report revealed a high mean water table through the cut areas, that would inevitably induce hydrostatic forces behind the shotcrete resulting in bursting out of the surface. This effect is increased by the seasonal monsoon rains which rapidly raise the water table still further.

The Solution

ABG’s Deckdrain easily to install drainage geocomposite was used. The single cuspated, impermeable core with integrated filter geotextile placed against the cut slopes acts as a filter/separator, transmitting the water safely down to concrete drainage channels. The geotextile prevents fine particles from blocking the drainage core which freely drains water away, removing the hydrostatic pressure forming behind the back of the shotcrete.

The impermeable cuspated core protects the shotcrete from water, with the added benefit of a surface locking effect on the shotcrete when it is sprayed onto the back of the Deckdrain drainage geocomposite. Trials showed this locking effect reduces shotcrete rebound by 10-20%, giving additional cost savings since less shotcrete is lost from the surface during spraying.

ABG Deckdrain drainage geocompsoite

The ABG Service

ABG assisted with drawing details and cost comparisons, supplying relevant documentation to assist with gaining approvals.

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