Sunday, September 9, 2007

Another major mishap in Hyderabad

Part of an under construction Flyover connecting Banjara Hills Road Number 1 to Somajiguda collapsed today leaving many people dead. This has happened on the stretch connecting Nagarjuna circle to Panjagutta circle. Rest of flyover seems to be safe.

It rained really heavy in Hyderabad today. I had went to Panjagutta area on Bike to do some shopping in Loft (The big shoe shop), stone's throw from accident site. It started raining cats and dogs at around 6.30 PM and the rain coupled with heavy winds continued for next 1 hours or so. We were struck in front of Loft shop for whole one hour. Since Panjagutta circle is lower than Nagarjuna circle & Banjara hills road number 1 & 2, all the rain water was coming towards this circle like a seasonal monsoon rivulet. And the heavy wind was directly coming onto the under construction part which later on collapsed. These 2 things, heavy water logging and harsh winds may have weakened the structure supporting this bridge and it then gave way. Or it may be that some motorists may have hit some steel columns used to support new construction.

I remember seeing 3 Apollo ambulances moving towards the area when they diverted me from Nagarjuna circle towards Jubilee Hills. It could have been me also there. I was returning back to this stretch after leaving earlier at 7.30 post the rains hoping to get better traffic and a way to Hyderabad central later on. But, even at the second time, I could not go far and then this happened when we were diverted towards L V Prasad Institute.

It is surely going to delay this flyover and add to bigger traffic chaos. Also, this will lead to narrower traffic lane near the flyover. But, in absence of any other convenient route, people are unlikely not to use it. Also, this will affect traffic going towards the new Hyderabad international airport (due to complete by Next year) from Secunderabad area.

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