IIT Gandhinagar researchers have developed a model to assess heavy rainfall-induced damages in road networks. See how it works.
For the last few years, India is facing the issue of severe infrastructural damage, casualties, and social-economic disruptions caused by highway flooding, landslides, and associated debris flows that follow incessant monsoon rainfall in different parts of the country. Recently, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, had directed key officials to solve highway-flooding issues that arise as a consequence of extreme rainfall events, which in turn cripple the country's transportation systems every year.
A team of researchers led by Professor Udit Bhatia, including Raviraj Dave and Srikrishnan Siva Subramanian, from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has been working on this crucial issue and has developed an integrated predictive model to accurately understand and assess the real magnitude of heavy rainfall-induced damages in road transport networks.