Hyderabad: A false alarm triggered panic among the public here on Saturday following a video that began making rounds showing a crack in a pillar near the Khairatabad Metro Rail station. However, Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities were quick to react, saying the crack was not on a load bearing pillar, but on a false brick wall constructed to camouflage water and sewer lines from the Metro station.
With a few news channels also airing the video, HMRL managing director NVS Reddy tweeted that there was nothing to worry, and that the false brick wall had a cavity inside and had developed the crack after a loaded truck hit the wall two days ago. A police case too was booked in this regard, Reddy said, also asking people not to comment without knowing the facts. The pillar could not be called a Metro pillar at all, he said.
This is not a load bearing metro rail pillar. It’s a false brick wall to camouflage water & sewer line pipes. Sent our engineers & will get it rectified. Nothing to worry
— MD HMRL (@md_hmrl) July 20, 2019
With a vernacular channel airing a report, and the news soon spreading over social media, a TRS party worker Khaleequr Rahman tweeted to the HMRL MD drawing his attention to the video. Reddy also said he had sent his engineers to get the crack rectified.
The episode also saw other members of the public coming out in support of the Hyderabad Metro, stating that it was of ‘top quality construction’, and expressing their solidarity with the Metro against those who spread fake news.