With the opening of the Shiradi Ghat, six months after its closure for light motor vehicles, on Sunday, one has to exercise abundant caution while negotiating the Ghat stretch as several ancillary works are yet to be completed.
As the monsoon is still very active in the region and drivers of small vehicles tend to speed up, encouraged by the smooth road surface, there is every possibility of drivers losing control over vehicles resulting in mishaps. Absence of safety installations at crucial places only would add to the gravity of the mishaps.
The government had to open the Ghat stretch for traffic for LMVs and excluding heavy vehicles (buses and trucks) following worsening condition of Charmadi Ghat, one of the alternative routes, conceded Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna during the opening of the Ghat at Gundiya on Sunday.
While the first 13-km stretch of the Ghat was concreted in 2015, the remaining 13-km stretch was concreted between January 15 and July 15 this year.
However, the contractor, M/s Ocean Constructions, could not complete the entire work due to the region receiving heavy rains since the past one-and-a-half months.
Guard walls for the road abutting Kempu Hole is not complete on the entire 13-km stretch even as Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil has said about 450 metres of wall per day is being constructed.
Amidst the construction, guard wall has collapsed at some places, including near Chowdeshwari Temple on Dakshina Kannada-Hassan border.
The gap between the road surface (thickness of the concrete road is 45 cms) and road shoulder is being filled with crushed sand instead of soil to prevent erosion during heavy rains.
If the gap is not filled, there is every possibility of vehicles getting toppled if they cross road-edge.
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