Another road in Hyderabad caved in on Wednesday night on the busy Sarojini Devi Road opposite Kamat Hotel, making it the fourth such incident in the last few months.
The road, which collapsed at a short distance from the city's Clock Tower, also saw a minor traffic jam after the incident.
The incident is said to have occurred due to a damaged pipeline, following which, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water and Sewage Board (HMWSB) swung into action to repair the road.
Rameshwar Rao, director, operations and maintenance, HMWSSB, told Deccan Chronicle that a 350 mm diameter sewerage line "collapsed at this particular site and the sewerage water entered the earth and softened the soil and it sank in. This is a 30-year-old RCC pipeline running from Sangeet to SD Road via Clock Tower and joins the Kalasiguda nalla. As part of the repairs, 32 metres of the pipeline is being replaced by the sewerage board. The work will be completed by Thursday night."
No injuries were reported.
(New pipes at the spot of the damaged road)
Rameshwar Rao also told TOI that a proposal had been made to replace the existing sewer network at a cost of around Rs 900 crore.
The city has been plagued with bad roads for a few months now, and aging pipelines, have made the situation worse.
Last month,a part of the Kukatpally main road caved in due to leakage of water from a cement pipeline.
In November, three people also suffered serious injuries after a road in Secunderabad's Safilguda caved in.