Busy Goshamahal road stretch caves in


The stretch of road in Goshamahal collapsed on Friday.

The stretch of road in Goshamahal collapsed on Friday. | Photo: G RAMAKRISHNA

A view of the road that collapsed at Goshamahal on Friday.

A view of the road that collapsed at Goshamahal on Friday. | Photo: G RAMAKRISHNA

Panic spread in Goshamahal when a road suddenly collapsed, with several carts and vehicles parked. No one was injured in the incident.

Major mishaps were avoided as the road in Chaknawadi area, which would otherwise be pliable with vehicular traffic, was mostly occupied by vegetable vendors on Friday due to the weekly market.

The loss to the vendors was inevitable, as all their wares, together with their carts, sank in the flood which flowed below. Several cars and two-wheelers parked on the road were also damaged in the accident, which affected about 50 to 100 meters of the road.

GHMC officials said the road sank because the concrete slab covering the open drain was damaged. The slab may have broken, they thought, due to fumes from the constant flow of sewage. They said that the flagstone will have to be changed in the whole interval. An investigation is underway to confirm the cause.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi rushed to the spot and directed the officials to take steps to remove the road sections from the drain to facilitate free flow of sewage water. He guaranteed the renovation works as soon as possible.

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