A small portion of the road opposite NTR Marg caved in on Friday afternoon. The incident took place opposite Lumbini Park near the Secretariat on Friday afternoon, forcing authorities to set up a barricade. No one was injured due to the incident. There was slight traffic congestion as a result of the cave-in but personnel of the Hyderabad Traffic police were present at the spot.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) also stepped into action and suspected that an underwater stormwater drain, which was at a depth of three feet, was damaged. This may have resulted in water seeping out from the pipeline, which, in turn, led to the road caving in.
Authorities said that they would take up repair work on Saturday and plug the leak.
This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred. In September 2016, a hole at least a foot wide had formed in the same area, and videos taken by bystanders showed water gushing just a few feet below the surface. At the time, authorities said that a pipe was damaged because a higher volume of water flowing into the pipeline, and a resultant leak impacted the road surface, which led to the cave in.
Similar incidents have taken place in areas like Azampura and Kukatpally. In November 2016, three people, including a couple, suffered serious injuries after a road in Safilguda caved in. The accident happened due to construction work for a multi-crore water pipeline project, when the road was dug up and reportedly filled up with loose gravel.