National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) expects to temporarily restore the landslip-affected stretch of Bengaluru-Mangaluru National Highway 75 near Donigal in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district in about 25 days.
Heavy landslip affected the embankment of the highway to a considerable extent on July 21-22 forcing the authorities concerned to suspend vehicular movement through the stretch of NH 75. The crucial link between the coast and other parts of Karnataka has thus become unavailable for movement of vehicles, affecting routine life as well as trade and commerce.
Attributing very heavy rains in the region as the reason for the landslip, NHAI’s Hassan project implementation unit Director A.K. Janbaz said preliminary work of securing the embankment from further damage has started.
NHAI requires up to 25 days to restore the stretch to facilitate the movement of heavy vehicles, Col. Janbaz told The Hindu. However, this timeline is subject to the quantum of rain in the coming days, he added.
The landslip-affected stretch forms part of NHAI’s four-lane project of NH 75 between Hassan and Maranahalli in Hassan district.