The necessity of good dependable approach roads to the components of any project cannot be understated. It is critical – both for transporting construction equipment and materials and also for safety of people.
A total length of over 30 KM of roads, in one of the most difficult and delicate Himalayan terrains, was the primary and critical requirement of the Malana II project. The construction was dangerous and a slow process. It was a project by itself!
That’s when we asked ourselves "can we start the main construction activity of the various components parallel while building the roads?"
The answer was a YES and the idea was the use of ropeway system. This enabled the actual project works at the components to be started without the roads – saving on cost and time.
8 nos. of ropeways were built at the Malana 2 project as detailed below:
1. 3.5 KM long, 6 MT mono-cable system for equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, loaders, trucks, etc. to the dam and adits site
2. 3.5 KM long, 30 MT per hour round robin ropeway system for transporting aggregate and sand to the dam and adits site
3. 3.5 KM long, 600 bags per hour system for transporting cement bags to the dam and adits site
4. 800 M long, 6 MT capacity system for steel ferules for lining of pressure shaft, cement, sand, etc. to Surge Shaft site.
5. 780 M long 6 MT capacity system for steel ferules for lining of pressure shaft, cement, sand, etc. to intermediate adit
6. 800 M long, 500 Kgs. capacity system for carrying diesel, rations, etc. to Surge Shaft site.
7. 780 M long 500 Kgs. capacity system for carrying diesel, rations, etc. to the intermediate adit
8. 1020 M long, 500 Kgs capacity system to Malana Village for carrying wooden sleepers, rations, etc. for use of the villagers.
The idea was so helpful that we are now using the same for our Tala Project where we have established 700M long 6MT capacity to Weir site for carrying equipment and construction materials.