A large section of the ghat had got collapsed near the Kalika Mata point in Poladpur area of Raigad district on Tuesday night. There was another landslide here again at 7am on Wednesday. A team of Poladpur administration reached the spot and it took almost 10 hours to remove the debris.
The ghat section was finally reopened for traffic around noon on Wednesday. However, another landslide took place just 1km from the first spot, which further slowed down the traffic.
Following Tuesday night’s landslide, a large number of vehicles got stuck on the ghat section. As a precautionary measure, the administration temporarily shut down the Ambenali ghat section for all traffic from both sides. A team of personnel from the Raigad police and public works department along with the Poladpur tehsildar and other employees are now keeping a close watch on the scenario. A meeting is expected to be held on Thursday to decide on the movement of vehicles on the ghat section during the monsoon.
Poladpur tehsildar Kapil Ghorpade said: “Small stones and large boulders and still falling. The ghat section seems to have weakened. Motorists should take the Mangaon to Pune route via Tamhini ghat. They should avoid travelling through the Ambenali ghat. It is an appeal to all travellers. They should not risk their lives. As the landslide debris has been removed from the spot, a slow movement of traffic is currently taking place on the ghat stretch.”
Earlier, on July 28, 2018, a bus carrying 33 members of the Konkan Agricultural University at Dapoli had fallen down into the Ambenali ghat valley. Only one person was saved.