Arterial road caves in at Secunderabad due to rain, officials take up repair work

An arterial stretch close to Rashtrapathi Nilayam, the official residence of the President during his annual southern sojourn in Secunderabad, caved in on Tuesday night as heavy rains lashed the city.

The road connecting Lothkunta to Yapral, Ammaguda and Sainikpuri was cordoned off on Wednesday morning as authorities took up repair work.

In a statement, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Defence, Hyderabad, said, "Road between Lothkunta and Yapral damaged and caved in due to heavy rains. Road is being repaired on priority basis by Army personnel. Road will be closed for 24 hours on September 25 for repairs. Assistance from State Traffic Police sought to divert the traffic."

The road comes under the jurisdiction of the Local Military Authority (LMA) in the Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA), which has taken up the repairs.

When TNM visited the spot, the road had been dug up with a massive crane and traffic was being re-routed through one of the approach roads to the Rashtrapati Nilayam, to merge at the Bison Gate.

"A pipeline is present directly under the spot where the road fell in and it seems like the heavy downpour yesterday may have aggravated a leakage, causing the cave-in. We are hoping that normalcy will return by Wednesday evening itself," a traffic official at the spot said.

Large parts of Secunderabad received heavy rainfall crossing 100 mm in many areas, as per data available with the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS). Parts of Cyberabad also witnessed traffic snarls as arterial stretches were inundated.

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Water entered the emergency ward of the Lalaguda Railway Hospital and also the Nacharam police station, besides several low-lying colonies in Malkajgiri, Anandbagh and Safilguda.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has deployed monsoon response teams and personnel of the Disaster Response Force (DRF) to mitigate the situation.

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