Mangaluru-Hassan railway line shut; bus services cancelled

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  • Train service cancelled till August 17th
  • KSRTC bus services cancelled

Mangaluru: Following landslides at least 20 spots between Sakleshpur and the Subramanya, train services between Hassan and Mangaluru were cancelled till Friday August 17th.

“Due to continuous heavy rainfall and since we expect more rain, it is unsafe to run trains from 5pm on Tuesday and up to 7am on August 17," informed a South Western Railway (SWR) official.

“Since Monday night, landslide have been reported in many places. Because of the continuous rainfall and lack of access to the spots where landslides have occurred, progress of restoration works has been affected," said E Vijaya, public relations officer, SWR.

On Tuesday, SWR partially cancelled four trains. The onward journey of the Karwar-Yeshwantpur Expesss (No 16516) was cancelled after it arrived in Mangaluru. Similarly, Yeshwantpur-Mangalore Express (16575) and Yeshwantpur–Kannur Express (16517) were terminated in Hassan, while the Kannur-KSR Bengaluru Express (16512) was terminated in Mangaluru night services will be diverted via Kerala and the passengers need not worry, inform the authorities.

The sudden cancellation of services adversly affected thousands of passengers. However SWR officials provided buses from Hassan to Mangaluru and Bengaluru. Many passengers cancelled their onward journey and returned to the Bengaluru.

KSRTC bus services cancelled

In view of heavy rain and landslides reported along Shiradi ghat stretch, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) premium bus services between Bengaluru and Mangaluru were suspended on Tuesday night

According to KSRTC officials, the high-end Airavat multi-axle, Volvo buses, Rajahamsa, sleeper coaches find it difficult to negotiate the roads that have either shrunk or inundated at different places. These premium services will not operate to Kukke Subramanya, Dharmasthala and Kundapur till further notice. Around 40 buses from Bengaluru were cancelled on Tuesday. Only express service (Karnataka Sarige) buses will operate via Charmadi ghat to Mangaluru. "This is the first time our services through this route are being suspended because of rains,” said a KSRTC official.

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