Malshej Ghat near Mumbai to remain shut this weekend

Mumbai city news: The NHAI said that the side shoulders of the Ghat have washed away and due to heavy rainfall, and small pebbles and stones keep on falling on the highway.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2017 15:49 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Malshej Ghat,Maharashtra
The Malshej Ghat, a popular picnic destination during monsoons, is prone to landslides.(Hindustan Times)

Revellers planning to visit Malshej Ghat this weekend will have to change their plans, as the it has been closed for tourists this weekend. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Thane collector have given orders for the ghat to remain closed on July 15 and 16, fearing landslide.

The NHAI said that the side shoulders of the Ghat have washed away and due to heavy rainfall, and small pebbles and stones keep on falling on the highway.

Malshej Ghat is one of the most popular monsoon picnic spot among the tourists from Mumbai and Thane, owing to its many scenic waterfalls and trekking points. The Malshej Ghat road, a 10 kilometer stretch, is the only motorable road for people commuting from Kalyan to Ahmednagar. Around 1,000 vehicles pass from the road daily. The road is prone to constant landslides and has being shut multiple times during the monsoon. There are at least ten dangerous spot along this road.

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Safety tips for monsoon by National Highway division, PWD
  • Avoid travelling at night in heavy rain
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Abide by the speed limit of 50 km/hr for light vehicles and 30 km/hour for heavy vehicles
  • In case of sharp turns, the speed limit is 20 km/hr for light and 10 km/hour for heavy vehicles
  • Drive safely using the yellow-coloured cat eyes on either side of the road
  • Don’t overtake and give preference to vehicles climbing the ghat
  • Don’t park on roads
  • Check the vehicle for sufficient air pressure in tyres, brakes, headlights and reflectors
  • Alert the highway police or NHAI in case of land slide

An officer from NHAI told Hindustan Times, “The area has received heavy rainfall in the last two days, owing to which the side shoulder of the Ghat has washed away. Many big and small stones are falling on the highway and we fear a major landslide along this stretch. To avoid a major accident, we requested the Thane collector to close the Ghat during the weekend as thousands of picnickers visit the place.”

The traffic going towards Ahmednagar will have to take the Nasik road to reach Ahmednagaar, and the Old Pune Road for going to Pune.

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The traffic police said that the traffic from Kalyan has been diverted. “Those coming from Kalyan towards the Ghat will be diverted from Saralgaon towards Nasik, and will have to go to Ahmednagar from Nasik, while those coming towards the Ghat from the Ahmednagar area will be diverted from Sitewadi village towards the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.”

About Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is located 90km from Thane on the Kalyan- Murbad- Nagar road. It is a popular picnic spot during the monsoon, frequented by trekkers and adventure lovers. Most families also visit this spot to enjoy its many waterfalls and scenic lush green valleys. The Ghat is nestled in the arms of Western Ghat ranges. Few reverse water falls can also be witnessed in case of strong winds and heavy rains. Some waterfalls also flow on the road, making it a thrilling drive for adventure lovers.

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First Published: Jul 15, 2017 13:26 IST