PIMPRI: The railway authorities have undertaken the work to remove precarious boulders near the railway tracks on the stretch between Lonavla and Khandala ghats.
The work of removing the loose boulders has been undertaken by the authorities from the last few days, following a couple of landslide incidents in the recent past. The work has been undertaken on a war footing and over 300 officers and other personnel have been working round the clock. Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed in the area as a part of the maintenance works.
The ghat’s area has experienced incessant rains for the past few days and a couple of landslides have taken place recently near the railway tracks and also on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.
The railway administration subsequently launched the work for removal of the loose boulders, mud and other materials that pose a threat to the safe movement of the trains.
Excavators, mounted on the goods trains, have been removing the huge boulders and other materials near the railway tracks.
The railway officials have also been enforcing blocks of 30 to 45 minutes in the ghats section during the removal of boulders.
The railway tracks from Lonavla hill station to the Karjat Ghat is of 22 kilometres. Anil Jain, Senior Public Relations Officer of the Central Railways (Mumbai) said that top priority is being given to ensure smooth movement of trains in the ghat area.
“Continuous vigil has been maintained in the ghats and remedial measures have been undertaken to prevent incidents like landslides,” he added.