Huge crater forms as 90-ft wide road in Dharavi caves in

A large portion of a 90-feet road in Dharavi caved in Monday morning when a manhole of a sewage line collapsed as a school bus passed by. The rear of the bus was caught in the cave-in, near Dharavi Police Station, with the crater thus formed roughly measuring 15x10 feet.

Police said no injuries were reported, but the bus suffered minor damage.

A senior civic official said repair work would be taken up soon. "A storm water drains manhole located a few feet away from the cave-in site is also expected to be affected during the work," he said.

An official from BMC's sewerage operations (SO) department said the work would likely take 3-4 days. "We will start the work tomorrow. A sewage chamber has collapsed, but this has not affected the sewage pipeline running underneath. So there is no damage to any of the utilities underground, including the water pipeline," he said.

Chief engineer of BMC's storm water drains department, L S Vhatkar, said plans for acquiring a ground-penetrating radar machine to check the status of underground utilities had been put on hold.

"We have not yet floated the tender. We are working out a policy to deal with these problems," Vhatkar said.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.