Pune: A major accident was averted after a gas leak was detected, caused due to digging along the PCMC - Harris Bridge Highway for Pune Metro Rail Project on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued on behalf of Maha Metro, the geotechnical investigation work was currently underway, for which a 100-mm diametre hole was dug into the ground to find out the soil condition underneath. Before drilling, a pit of 1.5 m deep is manually dug to check for any possible underground utilities.
When the contractor started drilling in front of CME area, they confirmed that there were no utilities underneath. “However, around 10.15 am, it was observed by the contractor site team that a gas smell emerged from the ground. Immediately, the MNGL team was called at the site and the traffic was diverted to service road by Maha Metro quick response team along with the local traffic police,” the press statement said.
The Fire Brigade was also called at the site. The MNGL team immediately took rescue measures to stop the gas leak and in a couple of hours resolved things to normalcy.
Maha Metro has said they would like to assure that further precautions would be taken.