Hyderabad: A ten-foot-high compound wall of the Regional Telecom Training Centre (RTTC) collapsed onto the Urdu University Road, damaging five cars, some of which were in motion, on Monday. The incident took place in the by-lane adjacent to the Outer Ring Road.
The old compound wall, which was made of mud and stone, collapsed at around 9 pm when heavy rains loosened its foundation. Among the vehicles damaged was the car of Telugu film actor Manoj Nandam. “I was at Cafe Coffee Day on the opposite side of the road, along with a few friends. I was just about to cross the road and get into my car when I heard a loud sound. I saw that the entire wall had collapsed onto my car,” says a stunned Manoj. No casualties were reported, but an old lady walking by the road fainted due to the shock. She was administered help by the locals.
Officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation arrived at the spot the next morning and cleared the debris by 11 am. The remaining portion of the wall was also removed to prevent further damage.
The GHMC has issued a notice to the training centre, asking the management why the condition of the structure was not monitored. The wall was over 25 years old and built above ground level.