Vehicular traffic continues to crawl on Charmadi Ghat road

Vehicular traffic continues to crawl on Charmadi Ghat road

Vehicles continued to move at a snail’s pace on Saturday at Charmadi Ghat, a key alternative route, after NH 75 (Mangaluru to Bengaluru) was closed for repair at Shiradi Ghat.

A bus slipped into a roadside ditch at the sixth curve at Charmadi Ghat and disrupted the movement of vehicles for nearly an hour. Around 4,500 vehicles ply along Charmadi Ghat following the closure of the Shiradi Ghat section.

“The density of traffic has increased. Owing to lack of information on the curves, mishaps are taking place on the stretch,” said motorists.

Road users alleged that 10-wheeler trucks were plying along the stretch at night despite restrictions. The density of vehicles increases from the first curve to the 10th curve and at Annappaswamy Temple on the stretch. The movement of heavy vehicles should be restricted, they said.

Home Guards deployed

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said Home Guards had been deployed at Charmadi Ghat to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Traffic congestion was reported on Friday evening at Charmadi Ghat. The movement of vehicles on the road was regulated on Saturday morning to ease congestion.

Superintendent of Police Sharanappa S D is personally monitoring the traffic at the spot. “It is true that traffic came to a halt on Friday evening. The narrow road had aggravated the problem. It will take at least two to three days to stabilise the flow of vehicles,” he said.

The deputy commissioner said he had already spoken to his counterpart in Chikkmagaluru, B S Shekharappa, to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. Confusion over the routes also aggravated the situation. There was no problem on the Mani-Mysuru route, another alternative to reach Bengaluru. Despite an increase in the traffic on the stretch, no block has been reported.

The pending work on the Mani-Mysuru stretch will be completed by January 15. The KSRTC is operating 21 trips from Mani-Shiradi stretch. If the need arises, additional buses will be deployed, the deputy commissioner said.

There was a huge traffic pile-up at Charmadi Ghat on Friday, the first day of the closure of Shiradi Ghat. The administration had allowed KSRTC vehicles and light vehicles to ply via Charmadi Ghat. Since two vehicles cannot proceed at a time in the opposite directions on the narrow road, long queues of vehicles were seen on either direction up to 30 km, sources said.

Official sources said the administration and the police would take adequate measures to check violation of rules by vehicles during the repair work.

The Shiradi Ghat starts from the Garadi Chamundeshwari Temple on the border of Dakshina Kannada and Hassan districts. The Ghat section of the Western Ghats through which the NH-75 passes is called Shiradi Ghat.
DH News Service

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