Hyderabad: The hoax squad is back. Just a few days after the Hyderabad Metro launched to an overwhelming response, recording over seven lakh passengers in just five days, hoax spinners have been circulating a photograph on social media, showing a cracked pillar and stating that it was a Metro pillar on the ‘ISB route Gachibowli’ in the city.
The hoax has now prompted Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Managing Director NVS Reddy to come out to dispel the rumours, and has clarified that the photograph in circulation was that of a pillar in Peshawar, Pakistan. More importantly, taking the fizz out of the whole hoax, he pointed out that there were no Metro pillars at all on the ISB route.
Moreover, he said, the Metro pillars here were of a different shape. “They can withstand thousands of tons of weight and 21 types of stresses including earthquakes. This picture has been circulation for the last one year or so and IT Minister KT Rama Rao and I have issued clarifications multiple times. Obviously a few individuals are plain jealous and are not able stomach the grand success of Hyderabad Metro, which is why they have started posting the same picture on social media again,” he said, adding that this was perhaps ‘their last ditch effort to malign the Hyderabad Metro’.
The same picture had made rounds on social media platforms in August this year, and last year as well, with Minister KTR then taking to Twitter to put an end to the rumours, saying, “This is not in Hyderabad, neither in Metro nor in PVNR.”