Highway Research Record

VI. RESEARCH WORK DONE IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS RELATED TO THESIS WORK
B. PAVEMENT ENGINEERING AND PAVING MATERIALS
Rural Roads Network Planning

Date of Start:December 2004
Shri G. S. Institute of Technology & Science, Indore (R)

Scope and Objective
(i) To understand the process of planning and implementation strategies adopted by the Government for the development of      rural roads
(ii) To develop a user-friendly window based interface for rural roads accessibility planning using the concepts of FBRNP Model (iii) To develop the sub-modules in the interface for pavement design
(iv) To check the validity and application of the interface in a typical rural area - a case study of Shajapur District (MP)
(v) Performing Economic Analysis of rural roads projects using Roads Economic Decision (RED) Model

Methodology
(i) Network Design : Design based on FBRNP Model
(ii) Pavement Design : Design based on guidelines given in IRC Codes, SP:20 & SP:62
(iii) Economic Evaluation : Using Roads Economic Decision (RED) Model

Findings and Conclusions

(i) Review of different models launched by the government under several programmes for rural roads planning
(ii) Interface developed in this dissertation work has the following features :
   (a). Interface is user-friendly window based software and any person can use it without long-term training
   (b). Interface is mainly useful for large and complicated networks, where it becomes difficult and time consuming process to          find the optimum network
    (c). Interface along with accessibility, it also provides design of flexible and rigid pavements
(iii) The interface has been applied for a block in Shajapur District (Madhya Pradesh) to check the validity
(iv) From the analysis of the economic evaluation using RED model, 28 roads from the Shajapur District with total length of       112.10 km, various project alternatives have been selected.