A huge number of sewerage lines in the urban have outlived their shelf life of 30 years.
Hyderabad: A cave-in befallen on the busy Sarojini Devi Road opposite Kamat Hotel and a few meters from Clock Tower, on Wednesday evening. Since it was after 9.30 pm, and the portion was actualy used as a parking lot for the inn, there were no casualties.
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The damaged portion of the road was cordoned off by the Sewerage Board, but traffic was permitted towards Clock Tower from Patny Circle.
Explaining in what way it happened, Mr Rameshwar Rao, director, setups and maintenance, HMWSSB, supposed that a 350 mm diameter sewerage line “collapsed at this specific site and the sewerage water come in the earth and softened the soil and it go down in. This is a 30-year-old RCC pipe running from Sangeet to SD Road via Clock Tower and links the Kalasiguda nalla. As part of the cares, 32 metres of the pipeline is being interchanged by the sewerage board. The work will be finished by Thursday night.”
An eye-witness reminded seeing “a gush of drainage water from the pipe underneath filled up the spot in records.”
“Drainage water transferred in with a roar,” said a food vendor. It was the path vendors who informed the HMWSSB officials. Regulars of Kamat Hotel were made to park their vehicles ahead of the loss site, while a nearby bookstore was locked for the day.
A large figure of sewerage lines in the city have outlived their lifetime of 30 years. The sewer system, especially in the main city, needs an immediate make over. It may be recalled that through the mini floods in September, a 10-foot deep cave-in followed on NTR Marg, posing a major risk for drivers. Another sinkhole seemed in Malkajgiri, a result of poor engineering.