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Bangalore-Mangaluru train services resume after ghat section track found safe

South Western Railway had suspended operations for more than an hour after a rock fell on the track

South Western Railway had suspended operations for more than an hour after a rock fell on the track

Rail traffic between Bengaluru/Hassan and Mangaluru was affected for a few hours after a boulder fell on the track in the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road Ghat section at 11.30am on Thursday.

Train traffic, however, resumed around 12:49 p.m. after emergency crews visiting the location cleared the rock and the section engineer certified the track as fit for operation, Aneesh Hegde said, head of public relations for South Western Railway, in a statement. The affected track was located between Yedakumari and Kadagaravalli (at km 63) on the ghat section.

As a result, train No. 16575 Yeshwantpur-Mangaluru Junction Gomateshwara tri-weekly express which was regulated at Donigal station soon after learning of the incident, received the green signal to proceed further. He was allowed to travel at a reduced speed of 5 km/h on the affected section, sources said.

Train No. 16516 Karwar-Yeshwantpur Express tri-weekly which left Mangaluru Junction at its usual departure time of 11.30am passed through the ghat section on its usual schedule.

Operations continued as normal thereafter, sources said.

The ghat section in the Western Ghat area had received very heavy rains of up to 200mm per day and landslides, rock falls, etc., were likely to occur despite several protective measures taken by the South West Railway. A few years ago, major landslides on a few stretches of the ghat hampered rail operations for over a month.

Mr Hegde said the SWR was keeping additional men and equipment ready and undertaking reinforced patrols in vulnerable places in the ghat. This is how fast food was possible.