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2nd major cave-in in south Mumbai in a week

A footpath on the Minoo Desai Road caved in on Wednesday morning, after a retaining wall near Radio Club at Colaba collapsed.

mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2015 22:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A footpath on the Minoo Desai Road caved in on Wednesday morning, after a retaining wall near Radio Club at Colaba collapsed.

“After the collapse of the retaining wall, sea water rushed inside, washing away the material holding the footpath. So a part of the footpath collapsed. We have barricaded the area and have asked the public works department (PWD) to construct the wall,” said a civic official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Residents complained the size of the crater created as a result of the cave-in is increasing, with the sea water gushing inside and washing away more construction material. They also alleged delay by the civic body in attending to the problem. “Ideally, this is the civic body’s job. But since the area comes under our jurisdiction, we are working along with the civic body to construct a retaining wall,” said a PWD official.

On Friday, a sewage line in on the road opposite the Churchgate station had caved in.

The century-old underground British-era pipelines along the road are the main reason behind the recurring cave-ins in the island city, said experts.

First Published: Jun 24, 2015 22:24 IST