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Palani-Kodaikanal Ghat Road closed

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Big boulders fall on the ghat road after a massive landslip near Saverikadu, 27 km from Palani

Land slip: A big boulder that fell on Kodaikanal-Palani Ghat Road, due to landslip, disrupting traffic to Kodaikanal hill on Friday.
Land slip: A big boulder that fell on Kodaikanal-Palani Ghat Road, due to landslip, disrupting traffic to Kodaikanal hill on Friday.

The Palani-Kodaikanal Ghat Road that connects the temple town with one of the renowned tourist spots is closed as big boulders fell on the ghat road after a massive landslip near Saverikadu village, 27 kilometres from here, on Thursday night.

All buses proceeding to Kodaikanal were stopped at Saverikadu.

Torrential showers that rocked the Palni hills last night carved large portion of rocks and soil and pushed them on the road.

The road was filled with heaps of soil and big boulders.

The State Highways officials have started clearing operations to resume traffic on this stretch as early as possible.

Removal of boulders was a daunting task for officials as they were huge.

Manual operation or using machines alone will not change the situation.

The officials stated that detonators should be used to break these big rocks that blocked the way into pieces for quick removal.

Later, earth moving equipment needs to be used to remove the soil and clear the road.

Residents, particularly students living in several hamlets above Saverikadu, could not come to Palani town. (A major landslide near the village had hit the traffic for a month during rainy season last year.)

Water level in Kudaganar dam at Vedasandur has reached its full capacity.

Public Works Engineers discharged 500 cusecs of water into the Kudaganar and 100 cusecs through irrigation channel that would reach irrigation tank in Vellianaai village for irrigation of crops under tank irrigation in Karur district.

Bodies of two aged women were found near the shore of Kudaganar dam in the morning.

Fire service personnel removed the bodies and transported to Vedasandur Government Hospital for post-mortem.

In the meanwhile, the police passed on information about the death of two women in the villages near the dam and along Kudaganar river bank to identify the deceased.

Traffic disrupted

Land slip had already disrupted traffic on Thandigudi-Batlagund highway since Thursday morning.

Buses to Thandigudi from Baglagundu were going through Kumbaraiyur and Pannaikadu. Clearing operation was on.

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