A 5-feet portion of Pedder Road caved in on Thursday morning, leading to huge traffic snarls on the key stretch in south Mumbai.
Officials have said that the 15-feet deep cave-in near Gamadia junction near Prabhu Kunj building occurred due to a leaky 80-year-old sewer pipeline which weakened the road's structure.
Cave in at Peddar road causes traffic snarl. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Though traffic police officials were present in large numbers and diversions were announced, motorists were severely inconvenienced.
The incident which happened at 10am was first noticed by traffic in-charge P.L. Dubey. The patch was immediately barricaded to avoid any major mishaps. Workers were rushed to the spot for repair work since the junction is a busy stretch.
Modern reinforced concrete pipes (RCP) will replace the old drains, and the road will be concretised again. The procedure is expected to be completed by the morning of May 30th.
Incidentally, similar incidents have occurred during the past three monsoons as well.