Karnataka: Landslip hits train traffic in Mangaluru partially | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Movement of trains on the bypass railway line networks connecting Mumbai (Konkan Railway) and Hassan (South Western Railway) was partially hit with landslip near Padil on Sunday. Heavy rains that triggered the landslip saw mud debris to a length of 50 metres piled up to a 15 metre height on the tracks. Since this is a by-pass line via Padil, it will not totally affect movement of trains, railway authorities said.
Incidentally, a landslide at a location close to Kulashekar tunnel, which is close to the spot where the day’s incident occurred, had disrupted train services between Mumbai, Mangaluru and Kerala for over 20 days last year. The day’s landslip debris has covered the bypass line tracks thereby preventing movement of trains. The work of restoration of the bypass line tracks might take at least a week, railway authorities stated.
At present, only Bengaluru-Karwar-Bengaluru express special passenger trains (06585/06586) run via this bypass line. Due to this landslip, trains – passenger and goods on this sector will have to take a small detour to reach Mangaluru junction. After the reversal of the locomotive, which takes at least 30 minutes, trains can then move towards Hassan or Kawar. Trains 06585/06586 will run on this diverted route till the track is restored.
The landslip has not posed any problem for movement of trains between Konkan and Southern Railway networks.

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