Heavy rains cause landslide on Sinhagad, tourists stranded

Sakal Times
Monday, 31 July 2017

The Public Works Department (PWD) and the state forest department later cleared the boulders and debris to ensure that tourists do not face problems.

Pune: Heavy rains triggered landslides in the Sinhagad ghat, resulting in slow movement of vehicles on the road on Sunday. 

The Public Works Department (PWD) and the State forest department later cleared the boulders and debris to ensure that tourists do not face problems.

No untoward incident was reported, as the security personnel deployed on the route alerted passersby on time after sensing the trouble and blocked the road before the heavy boulders came down from the hill.

The fort is a famous monsoon getaway for city residents and tourists. The ghat section, however, has remained unsafe for travel due to lack of protective measures. The 9-km stretch has many landslide-prone spots.

According to eyewitnesses, it took about an hour for the personnel of fire brigade, as well as forest department and volunteers to take the boulders off the road before opening up the road again.

“The incident happened at about 4 pm. The forest department officials reached the spot immediately and sprung into action. Two earth-movers were deployed and the road was cleared. At around 6 pm, the road was opened for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers,” said Vivek Khandekar, Chief Conservator of Forest, Pune.

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