Following land slides, cracks on roads and other problems due to incessant rainfall, the KSRTC has deviated the bus routes between Mysore, Madikeri and Mangalore.

According to sources from KSRTC Mysore Rural Division, the buses are plying to Madikeri via Madapur by taking the deviation near Suntikoppa to reach Madikeri, extending the journey by about 12 kms against the total 120 kms. The Madikeri road has breached at Boikeri village close to the town following the heavy downpour.

Heavy traffic on the Sampaje-Madikeri State Highway 88 has been banned after the road developed a crack on Wednesday night. Due to the problem at Sampaje, the route of Mangalore buses has been diverted via Hassan and Puttur, making for an additional journey of upto 35 kms against the total 275 kms.

No buses from Mangalore will touch Madikeri. Travellers who depend on KSRTC will have to travel to Hassan and take separate buses to Madikeri.

Kodagu Deputy Commissioner N.V. Prasad yesterday visited the Sampaje-Madikeri State Highway along with the engineers of Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL), which built the road.

KRDCL Assistant Executive Engineer Kalegowda said that the road has developed a fissure that is half an inch wide and 30 metres long. As it has been raining heavily, the repair work will be taken up only after the rain subsides, he added.

KSRTC Mysore Rural Division plies nearly 150 buses in 70 trips daily on Madikeri route every 15 minutes and 40 to 45 trips with close to 100 buses on Mangalore route.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore