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Kasara Ghat becoming a death trap

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Prashant Nikale

NASHIK:

The most important for Nashik, Mumbai-Agra highway and National Highway No 3, which links Nashik with other cities, has become a death trap for the drivers. Especially, the Kasara Ghat Section has become a hotspot for accidents. On November 3rd a truck loaded with iron rods crushed 8 vehicles after the failure of its break. The accident took the life of two innocents and injured 11 people.

The old ghat the section was closed after part of it was collapsed during monsoon. Since August, the traffic from old Kasara Ghat was diverted from New Kasara Ghat section. Since then the frequency of accidents has increased as traffic of both side has been diverted on a single route.

Currently, the Old Kasara Ghat has been opened by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), after the incident of November 3.  The damaged the road has not been repaired yet by the NHAI. The road has totally collapsed in old ghat section from few kilometres away of Javhar Phata.

About 150 to 200 metre of stretch has got down for nearly 3 meters. The cracks in the road are 3 feet wide and are about 450 feet long.  The sources from NHAI told Deshdoot Times, “The soil test has been conducted from a team of experts from Australia. They have taken a sample of the soil from the old ghat section, where the landslide happens.

The soft soil test, soil resistance tests and other geo-tech test are conducted. The tea also investigated the landslide section. After the reports arrive they will give suggestion and accordingly the repair work will be conducted.”   Since the landslide took place the old ghat section was totally closed for vehicular movement.

The NHAI recently has started the ghat section for vehicles. Only a single lane is currently operational for movement of vehicles. The journey of about 15 minutes is taking 40-45 minutes to complete and on weekends the time increases as per the traffic.

14 deaths registered
The Kasara Ghat from January 1, 2019, to till date has taken life of 14 innocents. There were 63 accidents registered in ghat section out of which 10 were severe type. In these accidents, 40 people were seriously injured and 14 deaths are registered.

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