Prompt ac­tion by fire fighters stops gas leak from spread­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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