MANGALURU: After a lull of more than 10 days, an invigorated wreaked havoc on from this coastal city to Bengaluru. Heavy rain lashing region since late Wednesday resulted in the newly opened stretch of Shiradi Ghat getting waterlogged, posing problems to vehicular traffic. Landslips at multiple places, with boulders falling on the track, resulted in disruption of train services.
Due to incessant rain in the ghat section in the past couple of days, were reported at multiple places, resulting in regulation/cancellation of passenger train services from August 8. Even as restoration work was under way, fresh landslips occurred. The railways arranged buses for 446 stranded passengers to reach their respective destinations. The passengers were also refunded the full fare.
The train from Kannur/ Karwar bound for KSR Bengaluru was also cancelled, and 397 passengers on board were provided alternative transport facility by routing KSRTC buses through Hassan railway station, besides a full refund. In addition, railways hired 10 buses to transport the remaining passengers. On Thursday, the Mangaluru-bound express from Yesvantpur did not start, and neither did its pairing train from Karwar.
The railways arranged catering services which included snacks and water for all stranded passengers, and refunded their fare, amounting to ?74,720. Additional ticket checking staff assisted stranded passengers with announcements at stations on arrangements being made, S G Yatish, senior divisional commercial manager and PRO, South Western Railway, said.
Train 16511/16513 KSR Bengaluru City-Kannur/Karwar via Kunigal-Shravanabelagola and Hassan with scheduled departure from KSR Bengaluru City at 7.15pm on Thursday, was rescheduled to leave at 11:15pm.
Due to delay in restoration of track and landslides on tracks in Donigal-Kadagaravalli and Shiribagilu-Yedakumari of Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road Ghat section, train 16518/16524 Kannur/Karwar-Mangaluru Central-KSR Bengaluru triweekly express was cancelled on Thursday.
Heavy rain also resulted in vehicular traffic along Shiradi Ghat getting affected for nearly six hours from 5am on Thursday. SP B R Ravikanthegowda told TOI that there was heavy waterlogging along the ghat stretch between Sakleshpur in Hassan and Gundya in Dakshina Kannada, following which vehicle movement was temporarily suspended. “Vehicle movement was restored post 11.15am, when the water receded,” he said.
Water rises in Nethravati
The swelling Nethravati river in Bantwal forced the authorities to shift people residing along the banks to safer places. Fire and emergency services personnel pressed lifeboats into service to shift families affected by the rising water.
A person fishing on the banks of the Nethravati at Innoli, drowned on Thursday. Harish Naik, 30, was a native of Gundya.
A bridge at Hosamutt near Kukke Subrahmanya Temple was reportedly submerged by the rising water level of the Kumaradhara river.
Mundaje in Belthangady taluk recorded maximum rainfall of 253mm rain in Karnataka in the past 24 hours up to 8.30am on August 9, according to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre.
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