Madikeri, August 9, 2013: The Mangalore-Mysore Highway near here, which has caved in at three places, will be temporarily strengthened to ensure movement of buses by August-end, Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) officials said on Friday.
The highway passing through Madikeri has caved in near Sunticoppa’s Sinkona Estate and Koinadu and developed cracks near Katageri. A team of experts comprising KRDCL managing director R Srinivas, PWD chief engineer Thyagaraj, former IISc professor Srinivasa Murthy and retired engineer Jayaprasad visited the highway on Friday, tested the soil quality and held discussions with KRDCL officials who had built the road.
The experts informed the officials that due to weak foundation of the road and rising groundwater table, there were chances of more landslides in the area in coming days. They instructed officials that an adjoining old road be strengthened and readied for movement of buses at the earliest.
Causes for damage
There is a hillock on one side of the highway and a valley on the other. The River Payaswini flows in the valley. When it rains heavily, the water from the hillock flows on to the road and falls into the valley. As there is no underground drainage system, the water collects around the highway and percolates, causing huge damage to the road, the experts told presspersons. The expert team did not find anything wrong with the quality of the road construction, Prof Murthy said.