NAVI MUMBAI: The Goa-bound carriageway of the Mumbai-Goa highway was shut for more than 12 hours, from Saturday 6 pm to Sunday morning, following a massive landslide Loose earth and boulders from a hill fell down with rain water, washing away the debris on the highway stretch at Nadgaon village, Mahad taluka, in Raigad.
However, traffic on the highway was restored by 8 am on Sunday.A queue of vehicles stretching over a few kilometres towards Mumbai was seen on the highway.
It was raining in the evening. It being the weekend, vehicles were heading towards Goa. Most of the people were either going to their native places or tourist spots. However, the landslide came as a shock and delayed their travel time.
A viral video of the landslide shot and posted by a motorist is doing rounds on social media. Four wheelers, trucks, chemical tankers, two-wheelers and other vehicles were stopped all of a sudden. The motorists were scared but luckily none was hit in the landslide. Locals allege that netting and bolting of the hill has not been done yet for the safety of motorists.
Highway traffic constable Mandar Lahane said, “The traffic was diverted to the Mumbai-bound carriageway from the Goa-bound carriageway. The debris was cleared on Sunday morning.”