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Mumbai-Goa Highway Shut Due to Landslide

The landslide has created a disruption for daily commuters for essential work and medical emergencies.

Mumbai-Goa Highway Shut Due to Landslide
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Over the past few days it has been raining heavily in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. As a result of this rainfall, there has been a landslide on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway in the Raigad region. The Landslide took place on Thursday, at around 9.39 PM at the Dhamandevi village near Poladpur Taluka in Raigad. 

Due to the landside traffic on both sides of the highway was stopped immediately. The Maharashtra DGIPR took to its official Twitter handle to say that the Kashedi Ghat had collapsed and that the Poladpur police and administration are working to clear the area. They also appealed to the citizens to cooperate during this time.

A team of Poladpur Police, the construction department staff and the L&T company reached the site to remove the debris according to the media reports. The vehicles used for removing debris have been working since last night and the work is still underway. There is a large amount of dirt and stones on the road. Also as the area continues to receive heavy rainfall the work of the authorities has become even more difficult and made the process longer than what it usually is. News agency ANI had shared that till 6:30 am on Friday morning, 70 per cent of the debris had already been removed. 

Even since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak started, the country has been in the lockdown which has resulted in lesser number of vehicles on the highway than one would usually find. However, this route is used by essential workers and people engaged in emergency services for their daily commuters and their schedule has been disrupted by the landslide. Poladpur-Mahad is prone to landslides during the rainy season. 

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