GHMC workers have already started to pump out the sewage water and fill the caved-in portion with sand and concrete.
For once, it was not a traffic cop’s waywardness that led to a massive gridlock on the Punjagutta main road, early this morning.
Out of the blue, a gaping hole appeared in the middle of the road opposite Model House in Punjagutta. This threw the normal traffic out of gear. Fortunately, the crater was so big that nobody could miss it, and absence of rain averted possible casualties.
Office-goers were caught unawares. Soon, a two-kilometer stretch, all the way to Erramanzil, formed a bumper-to-bumper vehicle line.
While some commuters tried to escape via bylanes, it led to confusion and trouble. Tempers ran high as there was no official or policeman present to guide and handle the situation for almost 40 minutes.
As messages ran thick and fast, municipal commissioner Krishna Babu swung into action and was helped by the Punjagutta traffic police. Deputy municipal commissioner of Punjagutta, T Sakala Reddy said, “We are carrying out repair works by pumping all the sewage water out and filling it with concrete and sand. Until then, we will make sure that steps are taken to ease the
traffic.” Motor pumps and pipes were being readied to pump the sewage water from under the road.
R Radhakrishna, a commuter, said, “This is the second time the road has caved in recently. A month ago, similar trouble erupted and people made a fuss for two days and forgot about it. I hope the GHMC takes a solid initiative to repair this road.”
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