Accident
Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities said that the incident was a minor mishap.
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A video of a fire at Hyderabad’s Hitech City metro station began to do the rounds on social media Tuesday, which showed a section of the station being engulfed by the fire, and smoke billowing out.

The fire broke out in the under-construction metro station on Monday at around 5 pm. There were no casualties and no one was injured, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) authorities said.

HMRL authorities said the incident was a minor mishap.

“The incident took place at around 5 pm when work was going on. The sparks from the welding led to the fire. It was a minor mishap. It was immediately controlled and extinguished,” an HMR official said.

“I have instructed L&T to take stringent safety measures to prevent such incidents in future,” HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy said in a statement.

The Hitech City metro station is still under construction. HMRL earlier informed the public that all metro corridors would be operational by the end of the year. Currently, Phase I of the metro from Nagole to Miyapur is operational.

There have allegedly been cases of negligence during the construction of the metro, and in some cases, has injured motorists.

Recently, an iron rod which could have injured someone fell on a car and pierced through the bonnet. The car owner later filed a police complaint against Larsen & Toubro for negligence and sought damages.

Another incident took place in March last year when a rod, meant to lock the metro viaduct, fell on a woman, resulting in critical head injuries. The incident took place at the Nampally metro station, which is under construction.