The incident reportedly happened near the fish market in One Town.

Road laid for Krishna Pushkaralu caves in at Vijayawada causing traffic woes Image credit: Screenshot/ Youtube
news Roads Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 09:05

Vijayawada's Ganpatirao Street witnessed a traffic jam as a portion of the road sunk on Thursday, forming a gaping hole that was a few feet wide. 

The incident reportedly happened near the fish market in One Town. 

The Deccan Chronicle reported that officials from the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) reached the spot only on Friday morning to repair it. 

The DC report adds that faulty underground drainage works could have led to the cave in, as a pipeline began leaking, thereby loosening the soil around it.

This caused a massive gridlock, as traffic was already diverted due to construction work on the Kanakadurga flyover. 

The road was reportedly laid during the Krishna Puskaralu that was organised in the city in August last year.

While cave-ins are relatively new to Vijayawada, Hyderabad has witnessed several over the last few months.

Most of these cave-ins were due to the same reason, attributed to leaking pipelines that were laid underground.

The multi-crore Telangana Water Grid project has seen the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) undertake work to lay new pipes for two large suburbs. 

The HMWSSB has been replacing old pipelines that are prone to degradation and decay with newer and longer lasting pipes since 2014. However, many roads in this area have been dug up as a result, with large pipes and heaps of mud pushed to one side of the road.

According to reports, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has directed the HMWSSB to complete the pipeline laying works before May 2017, which may lead to private contractors resorting to sub-standard work in a bid to meet deadlines.