BMC asks Mumbaikars to not panic after complaints of foul odour from Chembur and nearby areas; fire brigade probing matter

The BMC said that it has alerted the Mumbai fire department after receiving complaints of a suspected gas leak from residents in Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli and Powai

FP Staff June 07, 2020 01:08:23 IST
BMC asks Mumbaikars to not panic after complaints of foul odour from Chembur and nearby areas; fire brigade probing matter

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that it has alerted the fire department after receiving complaints of a suspected gas leak from residents in Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli and Powai.

In a series of tweets, the BMC said that 13 fire appliances have been activated to monitor the situation as a precaution and that the fire brigade is investigating the complaints.

"We have received a couple of complaints of suspected gas leak, from residents in Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli & Powai. The fire brigade is checking and we will update facts soon," the BMC tweeted via its handle
@mybmc.

The municipal corporation also appealed to citizens to not panic and advised those having problems due to the foul smell to "put a wet towel or cloth on their face covering nose".

According to India Today, "Officials with the fire department said that when personnel were dispatched to the areas, they could also smell gas in varying measure."

The reason for the supposed gas leak, however, is yet to be identified, the report added.

"Preliminary information by BMC’s disaster management cell reveals the incident was reported at 9:53 pm. The gas leakage was reported at US Vitamin company in Govandi (East)," Hindustan Times reported.

Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray tweeted that "the BMC disaster control room is locating the source and the Mumbai Fire Brigade is operating as per SOPs".

More details are awaited.

In September 2109, similar complaints of gas leakage were reported from several parts of Mumbai, with citizens taking to social media to complain about a lingering odour in their localities.

Complaints were received from Mankhurd, Chembur, Ghatkopar, Powai, Bhandup and Kandivali.

Later, reports had said that a leakage had emanated from the Rashtriya Chemical Fertiliser's Chembur plant and was contained.

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