Mangaluru, Aug 07, 2019 : Fresh landslides on the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road Ghat section of Hassan-Mangaluru Railway line forced the Railways to extend cancellation of train services between Bengaluru and Mangaluru on Wednesday too.
Added to this, the Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar-Bengaluru overnight services which were operated via the diverted route of Salem and Palakkad too were cancelled following Southern Railway’s inability to handle additional trains at a time when several trains were being diverted/ cancelled due to heavy rains across the region.
A communique from SWR here said Train No. 16576, Mangaluru Junction-Yeshwantpur tri-weekly express and Train No. 16586 Mangaluru Central-Yeshwantpur tri-weekly overnight express of Wednesday were cancelled. There were fresh landslides on the Ghat stretch owing to continuous rains, the communique said.
Divisional Railway Manager of SWR’s Mysuru Division Aparna Garg, who was camping at affected Ghat stretch, said fresh landslips, including a bridge location and another between Siribagilu and Subrahmanya Road, have witnessed fresh landslides since last night.
In view of rains and heavy wind, it is not very safe to run night trains till weather becomes stable. She said about 20,000 cum earth came down between hill cuttings at km 90/900-91/000 off Siribagilu at 10.40 pm last night. Three earth movers were working to clear the debris and workers were facing heavy rains, slush and gusty winds.
Meanwhile, a release from Southern Railway said Train No. 16511/16513 Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar overnight express of Wednesday too remains cancelled. Similarly, the service from Mangaluru, Train No. 16512/16514 of Wednesday too stands cancelled, the release said.
The Bengaluru-Kannur-Karwar overnight express (16517/16523) via Mysuru of Tuesday was operated via Salem and Palakkad on the diverted route within SR zone. Service of 16523 was cancelled between Mangaluru and Karwar and 16514 was cancelled between Karwar and Mangaluru.
Though one expected these services to be operated on the diverted route following closure of the Ghat section, sources in SR said the zone was facing difficulty in operating and accommodating extra trains. Similar situation was there last August too when the Subrahmanya Road Ghat section was closed and SR declined to operate these trains on its network.