Tamil Nadu

Kalhatty Ghat Road out of bounds for tourists

The Kalhatty Ghat Road is one of the most accident-prone parts of the Nilgiris. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The Kalhatty Ghat Road is one of the most accident-prone parts of the Nilgiris. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Sathyamoorthy

The Kalhatty Ghat Road, one of the most accident-prone parts of the Nilgiris, has been singled out by the district administration and the police for special attention during this tourist season.

Police sources said here on Monday that since a majority of the vehicles involved in accidents on the road over the years had been driven by tourists, it was decided to keep them off it.

Many prefer the road, which connects Thalaikundah with Masinagudy and the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, because it cuts travel time to Mysore and beyond.

The road runs a mere 18 km, but it is very steep, punctuated with 36 hairpin beds. Tourists who do not have the necessary skills to negotiate the bends tend to lose control of their vehicles.

The sources said constables were posted at Thalaikundah junction to give directions to tourists. Even local vehicles would be allowed to use the road only during the day; no vehicles would be permitted between dusk and dawn. The decision has been welcomed by many as accidents on the road have always been viewed as avoidable tragedies.

Either the drivers are not used to such a terrain or they throw caution to the wind. Driving under the influence of alcohol and the use of vehicles which are not roadworthy are common. Warning signs have been erected and special mirrors installed near the bends, but only a few take note of them. As accidents occur frequently, a trauma and accident service has also been introduced there.

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