Mangaluru sources have stated that barely four days after this season's first landslip on June 7, earth again caved in on NH 66 at Ottinene hillock near Byndoor in Udupi district in the early hours of Sunday.
It was stated as a result of the landslide, vehicular movement on the busy Mangaluru-Mumbai highway came to a grinding halt from 2 am. There was no mishap or casualty, said Udupi Additional Superintendent of Police Vishnuvardhan.
Meanwhile the Additional SP told that lighter vehicles were being
diverted on an adjacent carriageway, while heavy vehicles were being detained.
Byndoor police sub-inspector Santosh Kaikini said the road is being cleared for
normal traffic. Further landslip cannot be ruled out with the soil condition
and heavy rains.
Jatindra Maravanthe, tax consultant at Byndoor, told that the NHAI appears to have underestimated the soil nature in the locality. While the hilltop receives heavy rains, improper facility for drainage of rainwater is damaging the embarkment as the soil itself loose in nature.