Charmadi ghat cleared after 12 hours; shut for vehicular traffic for 2 days

MANGALURU: Braving the laborious rain, the adverse elements and struggling with for 12 instantly hours, the police, with the help of local villagers and earthmovers on Tuesday cleared the serpentine traffic piled up in 16-kms Charmadi Ghat on National Highway 75 because of huge landslide.
As many as 210 cars, most commonly massive cars, buses and four wheelers, 150 two-wheelers and 1,500 other folks stranded because of the landslide had harrowing time because of copious rain in the stretch till the police cleared the path for motion of cars.

Ravikanthegowda, superintendent of police, Dakshina Kannada said the ghat phase will probably be closed for 2 days for vehicular motion. All the cars are diverted by way of Sampaje-Madikeri or Naravi-Bajegoli-Mudigere-Belur path. If landslide nonetheless continues, Charmadi Ghat is also blocked for nonetheless extra days, he added.

A police officer, who was once overseeing the mudslide clearing operations, said the trouble started around 1.30am on Tuesday after huge landslide happened in 2nd hairpin curve in the 16-kms ghat stretch. As soon as police learnt about, they informed their counterparts in Chikkamagaluru, who too proportion a portion of the same ghat phase. They started diverting automobile from Kottigehara - the top maximum level of the ghat phase and entry level into Dakshina Kannada. However, those cars which already entered ghat stretch had to be stranded for close to 12 hours.

Ravikanthegowda said that because of landslide around 10 massive trees were uprooted and had blocked the road. Police from Chikkamagaluru and Dakshina Kannada, started clearing the mud and trees blocking the road from 8am onwards and it was once cleared for a method traffic motion around 3pm.

Playing role of a Good Samaritan, police also prolonged assist to stranded passengers via distributing water, biscuits to youngsters, aged and assisted diabetes patients. Locals and one of the vital passengers who were travelling food articles too cooked and served the same to fellow passengers.


Hundreds of cars ply on an average during the Charmadi Ghat stretch, now selection path after closure of Shiradi Ghat for inflexible pavement. Approximately 240 KSRTC buses pass through this fashion and even heavy cars use this path. KSRTC depots in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have suspended bus products and services that pass through Charmadi Ghat. All buses had been diverted by way of Madikeri-Mysuru path.


Ravikanthegowda said engineers are looking at the harm and have started restore works. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Harish Poonja, MLA, Belthangady and Superintendent of Police, Chikkamagaluru Okay Annamalai too was once on spot to oversee ghat clearance work.


Passing the greenback


Meanwhile, one of the vital cops blamed that Forest Department and National Highway Authorities of India for passing greenback on each and every other for the landslide and chaos at the ghat stretch. “Due to their blame-game, clearing ghat was once behind schedule as they were unclear about whose jurisdiction it was once to begin the clearing work,” accused a police officer.
Charmadi ghat cleared after 12 hours; shut for vehicular traffic for 2 days Charmadi ghat cleared after 12 hours; shut for vehicular traffic for 2 days Reviewed by kailash soni on June 12, 2018 Rating: 5
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