Urban living in India's conurbations is becoming more and more difficult, because their population is growing faster than their infrastructure. This paper discusses some aspects of developing underground facilities to reduce this problem in Delhi, the capital of India, and the possibility of a road bypass tunnel. For sustainable growth to be achieved, it is necessary to prepare a master plan for underground space development in Delhi and in other large Indian cities. Nine advantages of such a plan are listed. Even though successful underground dwellings and other structures were sometimes built in ancient and medieval India, there is still relatively little use of underground space in India. Eight possibilities for the future use of underground space in India are outlined. The basic requirement for developing underground space at a reasonable cost is the presence of a good quality of rock mass. The use of underground space in Indian conurbations, especially in Delhi, should be considered where feasible. The ground in and around Delhi is mainly flat alluvial plains, interrupted by sand dunes and mostly good quality quartzite rock outcrops; there are considerable amounts of ground water. A proposed underground dual carriageway, with tunnel length about 25km, is discussed, which would run from north Delhi to south east Delhi.

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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • GOEL, R K
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00788445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM