Sullia, Sep 05, 2018: Work on reopening the Sampaje Ghat road linking Madikeri and Mangaluru is going on at a rapid pace with officials hoping to allow light vehicles on the road which was ravaged by landslides recently, is projected to be finished in a week.
With this, a major link between Bengaluru and Mysuru and coastal areas will be restored after a gap of 15 days. After the closure of both Sampaje and Shiradi routes, commuters to coastal areas had to endure the damaged Charmadi Ghat road or the circuitous route via Kudremukh.
Several tonnes of soil has been dumped into the three crevices between Madenadu and Sampaje. A major cut near Jodupala was 40 feet deep and nearly 100 metres long. The incessant rain has taken a break from Friday and officials are hoping that the window of opportunity will continue for two more weeks.
“The ongoing work is a temporary arrangement aimed at clearing the road for cars and light vehicles and we hope to finish the work within a week. We hope the weather will allow us to complete the allied works,” PWD superintending engineer Raghavan said.