Landslides: Konkan Rly. incurs additional loss of Rs. 25 cr.

KARWAR, JULY 20. The Konkan Railway Corporation has incurred an additional loss of Rs. 25 crore due to disruption of traffic caused by the heavy landslides on either side of the track in Goa and Maharashtra, according to sources.

The corporation has diverted rail services from Kerala to Mumbai and Delhi on other routes. The Konkan Express between Madgao and Mumbai and the Diva-Sawantwadi Passenger train have been suspended. The Karwar-Mangalore rail service alone is operating now.

As a result, the revenue of the corporation has been reduced drastically, according to sources here.

The Konkan Railway track has been carved out from difficult terrain on the Sahyadri hill range at many places. The earth has caved in and blocked the railway line.

During the monsoon, landslides occur in such places where a cement concrete covering has not been provided on either side of the track to protect it. Moreover, the benching system has not been adopted while laying the track. If this had been done, it would have reduced the possibility of a landslide, according to sources.

Although the corporation has said that it will clear the track before July 25, the landslides have been so numerous that doubts have arisen whether traffic will be restored on the Konkan Railway so soon.

It should be noted that landslides are common during the rainy season, and unless the Konkan Railway Corporation finds a permanent solution to this problem, such disruption of traffic will continue.