Drainage Channel Adjacent to Artificially Surfaced Road RoG Rule 24-2; Decision 33-/36.5 and GoRaC Chapter 3, Local Rules, 10, Roads and Paths. Local Rule. Update 2015-11-17.
In Depth: Ur Decision 33-8/36.5: "On courses that are prone to flooding it is often necessary to construct narrow concrete drainage channels. By Definition, such drainage channels are water hazards. However, these channels frequently run adjacent and parallel to cart paths and are more like immovable obstructions than water hazards. A Committee have an alternative to treat such drainage channels as water hazards and may introduce the following Local Rule:
“Drainage channels constructed with artificial materials and which run adjacent and parallel to cart paths are deemed to be part of the cart path  (i.e. they are treated as one immovable obstruction) and Rule 24-2b(i) applies.”

Note that a narrow drainage channel may be constructed with artificial materials i.e concrete, u-shaped pipes (either ceramic or of metal  and that a grating in the channel is part of the channel. If the limit of such a road, including the drainage ditch, is marked, orange markers are recommended. 
Note also that if it is known or virtually certain that the ball is lost in the drainage channel the player may take relief, without penalty, under Rule 24-3b(i) and if the ball is lost in casual water in the drainage channel the player may take relief under Rule 25-1c(i) (abnormal ground conditions).
For more information see "Course set up".

Suggested wording. The headline and the penalty may be removed when this Rule is placed together with other local rules under a specific headline.

Drainage Channel Adjacent to Artificially-Surfaced Road 
Drainage channels constructed with artificial materials/concrete/U-shaped tubes which run adjacent and parallel to cart paths on hole ... are deemed to be part of the cart path (i.e. they are treated as one immovable obstruction) and Rule 24-2b(i) and Rule 24-3b(i) applies. The limit of the road is defined by orange markers. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

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