National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
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Town Planning Using Pervious Concrete


In India, we are prone to floods. There are no proper drainage systems or plans which can be helpful in preventing these floods. Major cities like commercial capital Mumbai, Chennai, areas of Karnataka and Kerala get flooded almost every year. Due to increased urbanization, the groundwater level is also decreasing as the town planning is not done properly. Even rural areas get affected adversely as crops get damaged and sometimes people in rural areas have to migrate to cities due to floods.
This project aims to design a town by using Pervious(Thirsty) concrete for roads via software. The water will percolate through the top permeable layer of the road and reach underneath the layer of stones and pebbles, which are arranged scientifically for recharging the groundwater. This process will also reduce the risk of floods and water stagnation. Working with proper urban planning undertaking all measures required along with establishing newer technologies for better and faster development.

Keywords: Town-planning, Thirsty Concrete, Road, Urbanization
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1) PERVIOUS CONCRETE: Pervious concrete is a special type of concrete with high porosity, made from a mixture of cement, water, coarse aggregate and a minimal amount or no amount of fine aggregate (sand). It also frequently contains chemical admixtures. Pervious concrete creates a porous medium, which allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass through and reach the underlying soil. This reduces runoff from a site while recharging groundwater levels. High porosity is attained by high interconnected voids. Pervious concrete has applications in sustainable construction and is often used in areas with less traffic, sidewalks, parking areas, and greenhouses. It is commonly produced to allow as much as 5 gals/ft2/min (40.75 millimetres/min) to pass through the body of the concrete. The proper utilization of Pervious concrete is a recognized Best Management Practice by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for providing First-Flush pollution control and stormwater management. Pervious concrete reduces the runoff from paved areas, which reduces the need for separate stormwater retention ponds and allows the use of smaller capacity storm sewers. Initial costs for Pervious concrete pavements are higher than those for conventional concrete or asphalt paving. The material itself is only a little more expensive, and we tend to install Pervious concrete thicker than regular concrete. In this project, we have used the Pervious Concrete in mainly Valleys Areas of the Road as the water gets collected in those areas and as Pervious Concrete is costly, we have aimed for increased utilization of Pervious Concrete. Pervious Concrete along sides of roads and pavement areas can reduce the cost and maximize its utilization.

For Usage Along The Side Of Roads

Laying of Pervious Concrete in Valley Areas

2) TOWN PLANNING: About 40% of the Indian population lives in a city. Sure, convenience and excitement are great, but living in a city can be rough. We know that some cities can look like a vast slum with the least development a city should have.
Nevertheless, how can we make this better?
First things first, location. We will want somewhere with a good water supply, so near a lake would be great. Somewhere scenic obviously with moderate but not extreme seasons. We will want our city to be small enough to avoid lots of congestion and overcrowding, but still large enough to have all the amenities we city folk know and love. Let us say 25 square miles/65 sq km and about half a million people. A square, 5m x 5m, or 8k x 8k grid layout would make the city super easy to navigate. We would have timely, efficient subways running in straight lines, crisscrossing under the city. However, above ground, transportation would be limited to bike paths and walkways. A car-less city may sound extreme, but cities like Paris are already losing expressways to favour bikes and walking. This keeps citizens healthier and reduces pollution. Solar panels and wind turbines outside the city and on top of buildings would also lessen emissions and help our utopian city stay green. A city like no pollution sounds ideal.
Our buildings would also follow an eco-friendly path. We would construct a densely-packed city with a mix of green office high-rises and residential buildings. Well, Vienna does this to help reduce transport time and to keep the city feeling home.
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The Total length of Road: 4848m
Area of Road: 4848m *3.5m (Average breadth) =16968 m2
Area of thirsty concrete applied at the sides of the Road: 2424m2
Area of thirsty concrete applied at the valley part: 1050m2
Total area of thirsty concrete: 3474m2
Total volume of water passed through thirty concrete: 3474m2
5 gal/ft2 /min
707.8 m3/min=707800ltr/min


We have used SketchUp software to make a model of the Area that was chosen to be a town. We used real-time boundaries of NITK with the help of QGIS and Google Earth to get a clear picture for planning and designing and to get the elevation profile of the Area. And designed buildings in SketchUp. We have received AutoCAD models of the boundaries of NITK from the Engineer Office of NITK for initial setting up of boundaries and also the road system we use in our college.

SketchUp: Using that search buildings option from Sketchup warehouse, we got real design models, and also developed many structures suitable. We worked on the elevation of the terrain.


AutoCAD: The AutoCAD models were taken from the RE Office in NITK and the models were analysed to find the boundary of NITK and trace it on GIS to get elevation profiles of the Area.

Collection of DATA from NITK

QGIS and Google Earth: For designing the roads and for getting the elevation profiles of the road.

Planning of Roads and Finding the elevation Profile


Proper usage of Thirsty concrete can help in groundwater recharging without using advanced drainage systems at a lesser cost and hence prevent the flooding.
Proper planning of a city is important for the smooth function of the city and while planning cities we should aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals..


Using different waste materials which can act as Supplementary Cementitious Materials inplace of Cement in Pervious concrete, thereby reducing carbon emissions..


Based on the information obtained in the studies above mentioned We could develop and plan such a perfect cities which will not be having significant underground water problem by use of pervious concrete and by indicating the water storage area given that we can use steepy roads and underground water supply system, we are planning such a town which are having adequate storage and supply of water for sustainable needs, as well as the city will be smart planned so that Massive urban migration in Indian cities will have less impact on groundwater and it will not cause water shortages. basically helpful for the problem of groundwater depletion and water shortage in critical areas which are having drought conditions. And as the results says it will be economic and will benefit easily to the masses without using the heavy electrical machineries And as per Indian road conditions focus on sustainability,technologies such as previous concrete are likely to become even more popular.


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