Prompt action by fire fighters stops gas leak from spreading
VASHI: Gas leakage was reported from Mahanagar Gas Limited’s underground pipeline opposite Abhyudaya Bank at Sector 17 in Vashi on Friday afternoon. The
Traffic police stopped vehicular traffic heading from Shivaji Chowk to the railway station as a precautionary measure.
A Vashi fire officer said, “We sprayed water to dilute the gas, which was leaking for an hour. Hence, a major incident was averted. The leakage is under control.”
The gas l eaked f rom the underground pipeline near the police chowki around 2pm. A roaring sound could be heard across half a kilometre.
Residents experienced strong odour from the LPG gas, after which they alerted the fire brigade about the gas leak. The fire fighters sprayed water to dilute the gas and curb its effect.
Mahanagar Gas employees rushed to the spot after learning of the gas leak.
Fire officer Vijay Rane said, “We stopped the pipe gas supply to neighbouring areas as a precautionary measure. We also disconnected power supply in the area.”
There have been no healthrelated complaints yet from the residents of the area.
However, l ocal residents faced problems because of no gas supply. Vaishali Gaikwad, a resident of Sector 17, said, “I couldn’t cook today as there was no gas supply. We do not have any cylinder either. We will have to eat out tonight.”
Rane said, “The leak occurred due to digging work carried out by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) contractors.” Recently, roads had been dug up in the area for concretisation work.