With municipal authorities coming under fire from Hyderabad citizens for the second episode of flooding in parts of the city in just a few weeks, a video of a sinkhole appearing on the city’s prominent NTR Marg is causing further furore among the city’s social media users.
NTR Marg, connecting IMAX Circle to the Secretariat is one of the more prominent roads in the city.
The video shows a hole at least a foot wide formed in the middle of the NTR Marg, and a shot within the hole shows a river of water flowing a few feet below the surface.
Since Wednesday morning, the video has been circulating on social media, even as Hyderabad finds itself hit by another bout of heavy rains since Tuesday night.
According to Rameshwar Rao, Chief Engineer, GHMC the sinkhole occurred due to damage to a sewage line running under NTR Marg. The pipe was damaged due to a higher volume of water flowing into the pipeline, and a resultant leak impacted the road surface. The sewage line has been closed and repair work on it is underway, he added. However, he said, it would take about a week for repairs to be completed.
Meanwhile, according to news reports, the Met department has predicted more rains for Hyderabad due to a disturbance in the Bay of Bengal.
As per IMD on September 21 southwest monsoon has been vigorous over Telangana.
Heavy to very heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahaboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Ranga Reddy and Warangal of Telangana for next 2 days.
The rains from Tuesday evening to the early hours of Wednesday caused massive flooding in parts of western and northern parts of Greater Hyderabad.
The situation was grim in some areas of Kukatpally, Miyapur, Nizampet, Qutbullapur, Moosapet, Begumpet, Alwal and other major residential and commercial suburbs of the city.
With storm water drains overflowing, water entered residential colonies in Nizampet, Balanagar and Alwal.
The parking lots in several commercial complexes had completely submerged while roads turned into rivers with three to four feet of water.