Landslides hit Mangaluru-Bengaluru rail traffic

MANGALURU: Fresh landslides that have occurred between on Subrahmanya Road-Sakleshpur ghat section of South Western Railway on Monday and Tuesday have put paid to any hopes of early between this coastal city and Bengaluru. From August 14 till date, 62 landslides have occurred between Sakleshpur and Subrahmanya and SWR has been able to clear only 30 of them so far.

authorities stated that the track as per current estimated could be cleared for train traffic only by September 10. In all, 13 earth excavating machines and 200 labourers are continuously working to restore the track. As of now, it is estimated that 80,000 cubic metres of earth on track remains to be cleared, the authorities said adding that linking of washed out track at two locations has to be done. The latest of the landslips was reported on Tuesday.

Asserting that SWR is making all-out efforts to restore track, the authorities said given the quantum of work involved, it is expected that restoration of track for safe train operations will be possible only after 15 days, weather permitting. The between and Sakleshpur has taken a hit with landslides that were first reported on August 14 and there has been no respite ever since, with nature continuing to hold sway.


SWR accordingly has cancelled trains that were diverted earlier due to these landslides. These include train 16517/16523 KSR Bengaluru – Kannur/Karwar express starting from KSR Bengaluru on August 28; train 16511/16513 KSR Bengaluru – Kannur/Karwar Express from KSR Bengaluru from August 29 to 31; train 16512/16514 Kannur/Karwar – KSR Bengaluru Express from Kannur/Karwar on August 29 and train 16518/16524 Kannur/Karwar – KSR Bengaluru Express from Kannur/Karwar on August 30 to September 1.

These cancellations were necessitated due to network congestion and crew shortage in Southern Railway jurisdiction of the diverted route, the authorities added.
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