Vehicles have turned what was a grass verge above a petroleum and water pipeline into another lane of Tara Road after sections were blocked off because of flood damage. Picture: Duncan Guy
DURBAN - ALL HELL will break loose if the stream of traffic using the grass above the pipeline along Tara Road on the Bluff causes it to rupture and leak, according to environmental activist Desmond D’Sa.

Vehicles, heavy and light, have been using this stretch of road and the verge since barriers were placed there to close it after it was damaged in last month’s storm.

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“If the heavy fuels that the pipelines carry shoot up out of the pipeline, there will be a massive problem in the area. It should have been repaired as soon as possible.”

He also said the road may have been vulnerable because of having been dug up repeatedly over the years.
D’Sa said Sapref lines were under the grass.

The pipeline is marked with beacons that state it is a “water petroleum pipeline”.

The eThekwini Municipality referred The Independent on Saturday to Sapref for comment. By the time of going to press, Sapref had not responded to a request for comment. 

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