Heavy landslides disrupt rail, road traffic

The incident occurred on the ghats between Kasara and Igatpuri at about 8.50 in the morning.

| Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2014 1:45 pm
lanslide The stretch near Igatpuri station, where rail tracks were buried under earth. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

Services on the Bhusaval-Kalyan section of Central Railway (CR) were disrupted Wednesday after muck buried the railway tracks near Igatpuri railway station. At 8 am, railway tracks, 4km ahead of Igatpuri station, were buried under nine feet of muck from the nearby hill.

A K Mittal, additional General Manager and Principal Chief Engineer, CR, along with other officers rushed to the site soon after the incident. Till late on Wednesday night, restoration work was still on and officers said it is expected to take more time. Rajendra Nagar Patna Lokmanya Tilak Terminupres Express train, which was due to pass the spot of the incident, was halted at Igatpuri railway station after its arrival at 8.34am.

“The preliminary investigation into the cause of the incident was found to be linked to construction carried out next to a resort atop the hill. Railway civil engineers inspected the spot and pointed out that the construction by the private property could be one of the reasons behind the muck running down onto the tracks. A detailed investigation will be carried out and depending on the report, further action will be taken,” said Narendra Patil, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR.

While the Down-line was opened for operations, the Up-line and an additional middle line in the section was completely shut through the day, said the officer. Following the incident, Nagpur Mumbai Sewagram Express, Aurangabad Dadar Janshatabdi Express, Manmad Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and the Up and Down service of Bhusaval Mumbai passenger train were short terminated. Three trains from Varanasi, Patna and Gorakhpur to Mumbai were diverted via the Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan section.

Meanwhile, following water logging on railway tracks between Ambernath and Vangani railway stations and near Kasara station, suburban railway services were delayed for half an hour in the morning. Another landslide on the Kasara ghats in the Thane district disrupted road traffic on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred on the ghats between Kasara and Igatpuri at about 8.50 in the morning. “Because of heavy rains, huge rocks toppled on the ghats in the morning leading to a traffic jam on the road. We started clearing the place immediately and the situation was restored to normal within a few hours,” said a civic official from the Thane Municipal Corporation. No casualties were reported.

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