CONTROL OF SNOW AND ICE ON ROAD AND COMMUNICATION FACILITIES IN THE HIMALAYAS

In order to tap the vast supply of valuable natural resources in the Himalayas, it is necessary that the road communication system remain open throughout the year. The objective of this paper is to identify the problems of that task as related to Indian snow conditions and to cost-effective methods of snow and ice control with a view to keep the roads/tracks open for traffic for the longest period. The paper includes a study of terrain, topagraphy, metereological conditions, snow patterns, ice formation, avalanche behavior, and some of the suggested clearing techniques and avalanche control measures. Due to the unique semi-dry and wet consistency of the Indian snow, it is impossible to apply already existing avalanche control methods, such as those of the Swiss Alps, to the dense snow of the Himalyas. This problem combined with the frequency of avalanches results in a massive control design, which adds to the already high cost of the control operation.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 129-134
  • Monograph Title: SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL RESEARCH
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM