Charmadi Ghat yet to be cleared for traffic

Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on either side of Charmadi as the authorities concerned continue to clear debris following landslides at Charmadi Ghat on Monday evening.

Personnel from police and fire and emergency services, along with the local residents, took up the task of clearing massive debris along the Ghat stretch on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the stranded passengers, especially the elderly and the kids, were offered drinking water and biscuits, said Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police B.R. Ravkanthe Gowda.

Charmadi Ghat has become the lifeline connecting the coast and the hinterland after Shiradi Ghat on NH75 was closed in January for upgrading works. It was expected to be opened for traffic by the month-end.

Charmadi Ghat has been witnessing frequent traffic jams ever since vehicles were diverted through the area because of its lesser width and other reasons. Rail traffic between the coast and hinterlands too has been affected since June 11 morning due to landslip in the Ghat section.

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