Preliminary slope stability analysis and discontinuities driven susceptibility zonation along a crucial highway corridor in higher Himalaya, India Preliminary slope stability analysis and discontinuities driven susceptibility zonation along a crucial highway corridor in higher Himalaya, India

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Vol17 No.4: 801-823

Title】Preliminary slope stability analysis and discontinuities driven susceptibility zonation along a crucial highway corridor in higher Himalaya, India

Author】Barsa ACHARYA1; Kripamoy SARKAR1*; Ashok Kumar SINGH1; Sowmiya CHAWLA2

Addresses】1 Department of Applied Geology, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India – 826004; 2 Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India – 826004

Corresponding author】Kripamoy SARKAR

Citation】Acharya B, Sarkar K, Singh AK, Chawla S (2020) Preliminary slope stability analysis and discontinuities driven susceptibility zonation along a crucial highway corridor in higher Himalaya, India. Journal of Mountain Science 17(4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-019-5524-6

DOI】https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-019-5524-6

Abstract】Identification of failure susceptible slopes through different rock engineering approach is highly valuable in landslide risk management along crucial highway corridors in the high mountainous region. In this study, a critical highway (NH-5) segment in higher Himalaya has been investigated using the various rock mass characterization schemes based on detailed field observations. Since the highway corridor is highly susceptible to discontinuities-driven failures, consisting of jointed rock masses; Mean and Combined kinematic feasibility analysis has been performed for 20 highway slopes. Observed slope mass classes have been compared to the feasibility percentage of discontinuities driven failures (wedge, toppling, and planar) and accordingly the kinematic feasibility zonation along highway segment has been done for each as well as overall failure types. Based on the slope mass conditions and discontinuities driven failures probability (%), responsive remedial measures have been proposed for individual highway slopes to ensure safe and uninterrupted transportation.

Keywords】Slope characterization; Kinematic analysis; Failure zonation map; Himalayan highways; Landslide; Slope stability