Development of Innovative Tractor-Trailer for Pot-Hole Repairs on Rural Roads

The most commonly used ancient practice for pot hole patching by burning bitumen drums on the road side causing huge environmental damage is a common sight. For pot hole repair, agencies normally deploy one big static three wheel roller for compaction, accompanied by a truck to carry hand tools and stone aggregates. The burning of bitumen drums results in overheating of bitumen leading to loss of its volatility and inherent elastic properties and adversely affects the life of roads and environment due to excessive smoke and affecting the carbon foot print. The innovative tractor-trailer prototype developed by the International Labour Organization-Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (ILO-PMGSY) Rural Roads Project in India fully addresses the above challenges for rural road repair works in a cost effective manner. It uses environmentally friendly cold-mix bitumen emulsion as binder, which does not require heating and could be applied round the year, including the rainy season. It is fitted with all the required tools and equipment needed for pot hole repairs, including compaction. Such a fully equipped trolley has been developed for the first time for the maintenance of rural roads. It is a win-win situation wherein the cost of acquiring tractor-trailers is about 3-4 times lower than the conventional heavy equipment (roller, truck, compressor, etc.). Hence, such a trailer is considered as highly economical and suitable for small scale contractors at village level and in high rainfall and mountainous areas for effective maintenance of rural roads.

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  • Authors:
    • Gupta, Mukesh
    • Chaturvedi, Bhaskar
  • Publication Date: 2018-5


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 19-24
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 46
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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  • Accession Number: 01685510
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2018 9:25AM