Mangaluru, Jan 20, 2018: The Shiradi Ghat stretch on the Mangaluru-Hassan National Highway 75 was to be closed for traffic from 6 a.m. today, Jan 20, Saturday for highway improvement works. This is likely to increase traffic on the Sampaje and te Charmadi ghat roads.
It would also increase the travel time between Mangaluru and Bengaluru depending on the alternative routes chosen by the travellers. Works would be taken up for upgrading the 13-km stretch from Kempu Hole guesthouse to Adda Hole as a concrete road.
According to Public Works Minister H.C. Mahadevappa, the works would have to be completed before this May. The stretch would be thrown open to traffic only after the carriageway works are completed.
Heavy vehicles have been advised to use Sampaje Ghat for onward journey. Light motor vehicles have been asked by the National Highways Division to use the Charmadi Ghat for their onward journey.
Hassan to Mangaluru travel to get longer : The journey from Hassan to Mangaluru will get longer from today, Jan 20 Saturday.
The National Highway Division of the Public Works Department has taken up rigid pavement work on the road between Kempehole Guest House and Addahole. The work is expected to complete by May end this year.
Till then, all vehicles have to take alternative routes, already suggested by the Public Works Department.
Ordinary buses, cars, jeeps, vans, two-wheeler and van - heading towards Mangaluru from Hassan have two alternative roads.
They have to take a deviation at Sakaleshpur to reach Mudigere and from there they can reach Mangaluru via Charmadi Ghat, Ujire and B.C. Road.
Another alternative is to take a deviation at Hassan itself to reach Mangaluru via Belur, Mudigere, Charmadi Ghat and B.C. Road.
Heavy commercial vehicles, Rajahamsa, Airavata buses have to take longer route.
Those travelling to Mangaluru from Hassan have to take a deviation at Hassan and reach the destination via Holenarasipur, K.R. Nagar, Hunsur, Madikere, Puttur, Mani and B.C. Road. The heavy vehicles from Bengaluru have to take the route along Srirangapatna, Ilavala, Madikeri, Puttur and B.C.Road.
PWD Minister H.C. Mahadevappa conducted a meeting with officers from Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi districts in Sakaleshpur on January 6 regarding the alternative routes.
Hoardings at Donegal in Sakaleshpur suggesting the travellers take the alternative routes. The local passengers, heading to their villages alongside the highway would not have difficulties as the stretch to be closed is only 13 km from Maranahalli to Gundya.