Tackling high altitude road development in India

Published 23/11, 2021 at 15:03

When a local authority in India announced a new road project located at 4,400m above sea level, it did not come as a surprise that not many bidders were ready to jump in.

12km of the 38km road was to be located at high altitude, with the closest crushing site being 45km away. However, the main concern was that the area was not well connected, with rain and snow for most of year which made road transport well-nigh impossible. 

An MB customer successfully met project aggregates requirements with the help of a MB BF90.3 crusher bucket on a previous road project. This meant it knew the technology could be relied upon when it won the tender to undertake the road construction project. The MB bucket is compact, being attached to a carrier, so it is easy to transport to the road construction site. This enabled a large amount of rock to be sourced from the surrounding area and prepared as a huge pile of sub base aggregate readily available for the project. River boulders were also crushed, thus eliminating dependency on third party aggregate suppliers as well as saving on expensive transportation costs. 

The contractor thus created a crushing plant directly where needed, at a high altitude, cutting costs to such an extent that another two crusher buckets were acquired for use on the project. The contractor was able to produce GSB 6mm down and WMM 40mm down as per the project requirements, as well as being able to complete the project ahead of deadline.

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