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May 26, 2020

Unknown odour sparks gas leak suspicion in Mumbai

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A day after reports of an unknown odour prompted rumours of a gas leak at a chemical fertiliser plant in Mumbai, officials remained clueless on the issue, with no confirmation yet on where and how the development originated.

A meeting of senior officials has been convened on Saturday to discuss the issue, the civic body sources said.


Several complaints of ‘gas leak’ in many parts of the city have initiated a search of the peculiar odour’s source.

Many residents in Mumbai’s western and eastern suburbs reported an unknown odour late Thursday night, prompting rumours of a gas leak at the Rashtriya Chemical Fertiliser’s plant in the Chembur suburb.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said the odour was reported from Powai, Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, Andheri, Chandivali and Ghatkopar areas.

A police official said no injuries were reported.

A fire brigade spokesperson said the unknown odour was also reported from areas adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in northern suburb Borivli.

Nine fire engines were sent at various places to find out the source of leakage, the official said.

The Mahanagar Gas Limited, which supplies piped gas in Mumbai, said it had received complaints of gas smell from various parts of Mumbai late Thursday night.

“Our emergency teams reached the sites from where the complaints were received. So far, we have not come across any breach in our pipeline system which could result in leakage of gas,” the MGL said.

A BMC official said, “In order to trace the origin of the reported gas leak, we deployed fire engines at Deonar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Vikhroli, Dindoshi, Vile Parle, Kandivali and Dahisar areas”.

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