10 July 2020

Case Study-Strata India

Reconstruction of Kedarnath roads with StrataWeb


Kedarnath shrine, at a height of 3,583 mts. is one of the major and holiest shrines of lord Shiva.


It is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river  in Uttarakhand.


What makes this place more unique is that it suffers extreme weather conditions, making the temple accessible only during the months of April to November. The temple is not easily accessible by road but can be reached after a 14km uphill trek.


The Kedarnath Valley due to weather conditions has always been affected by soil erosion. However, the valley was adversely affected due to unprecedented flash floods in June 2013. Landslides and mudslides caused by a devastating cloudburst ravaged the area.


The Shrine was closed to pilgrims for at least a year to clear the debris and to re-establishing the area before allowing the pilgrims through.


The Government had challenging task to establish the area within a very short time with the help of innovative and proven solutions.


There was a dire need for a walking trail/ access road from the helipad to the t emple. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering was responsible for providing this emergency solution. The deadline of achieving the same was non-negotiable owing to the limited season.


The Orthodox Approach:

The traditional approach would be to construct a road with a soling of cobbles and good quality aggregates, which would have been a very tedious task. The subsoil was of very low CBR which would require cobble soling for the road.


Strata’s Innovative Solution:

Keeping in mind the need for timely completion and the need for providing the quality solution notwithstanding the low CBR and poor quality soil, StrataWeb® Geocells were recommended. 

StrataWeb® geocell panels were transported to the nearest base and were airlifted to Kedarnath.



StrataWeb®  SW 356-150 geocells were used for constructing the access road from helipad to the temple. The geocells were infilled with locally available. Access road pavement with StrataWeb® geocells infilled with locally infill material (GSB) was a more practical and long-term solution under such circumstances. StrataWeb® are an effective way to reduce the ruts along the road and provide smooth conduct of traffic even with adverse weather conditions.


Value Addition to Customers

  • Rapid installation.
  • Cost effective
  • No need of any skilled person.
  • Proven emergency solution for challenging terrains.
  • Aesthetically pleasing


Technical Drawing:

StrataWeb® geocell SW 356-150 is placed in the Sub base and infilled with locally available granular material (GSB). Application of StrataWeb® geocell for load support eliminated the requirement of heavy boulders.



About Strata:

Strata India offers a comprehensive range of high-quality geosynthetic and geotechnical solution to India’s civil engineering and construction industry.

Strata India, established in 2004 as a joint venture with Strata Systems Inc. USA. began manufacturing in its ISO certified facility in Daman. From design to execution, Strata India provides turnkey solutions like reinforced soil walls, slope protection and stabilisation, erosion control, foundation improvement for structures and embankments, steep slope embankments, strengthening of paved and unpaved roads, storage yards and industrial flooring for various sectors like roads and bridges, power, port, canal, solid wastage management etc.

Strata has built a track record for ensuring timely and infallible installation and prides in delivering a matchless customer experience.




Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand


Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

Project Size:

1,310 sqm


Load Support (emergency solution)

System Offered:

StrataWeb® geocells

Date of Project Completion:

May 2015


For more details contact:

Email: info@strataindia.com

Website: www.strataindia.com

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