On Saturday, June 6, many residents of Mumbai's Ghatkopar, Chembur, Powai and Vikhroli areas complained about potential gas leakage. After receiving several such complaints, The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) deployed to detect the source of this suspected leakage, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
This incident was first reported at around 9:53 pm, said BMC. It was first reported at the US Vitamin Company in East Govandi. Prabhat Rahangdale, chief fire officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade said that the no confirmed source of the gas leakage has been figured out yet but the investigation is still going on. "No gas leakage was found at given locations. A lot of calls were received from Powai and leakage smell was felt in Andheri."
Total 17 fire engines were deputed for the search of gas leakage and it was announced to not panic. Hazmat vehicles were ready for an emergency," said Rahangdale to news agency ANI. He also said that the senior officers are still scrutinizing and examining the case. "HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited), BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited), MGL (Mahanagar Gas Ltd), RCF (Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers) and the police were informed," he added. Adding to this information, BMC tweeted, "We have received a couple of complaints of a suspected gas leak, from residents in Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli & Powai.
The fire brigade is checking and we will update facts soon." In a series of tweets, it said, "Please don't panic or create panic, appeals BMC. It adds, 13 fire appliances to monitor situation have been activated as a precaution. Anyone having problems due to the foul smell please put a wet towel or cloth on ur face covering the nose."
It further tweeted, "All concerned agencies have been mobilised to check the source of the foul smell being complained of by several residents in the areas of Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli & Powai." The Mumbai Fire Brigade said that no gas leakage of any kind was found in the areas from which the complaints regarding the foul smell were received. "Situation is under control. All necessary resources have been mobilised.
Origin of the smell is being investigated. 17 fire appliances are on field equipped with public announcement system and ready for a response if required," BMC later tweeted. Officials have said that they are examining other possible causes of the foul smell too. "We investigated the entire premises and nearby areas of US Vitamin Company but no leakage was found. We followed the exact locations of complaints given by the BMC's disaster management control room that received the calls," P Rahangdale said. Minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted that the situation is under control. "I urge all not to panic. All possible and necessary resources are mobilised," the Shiv Sena minister said.
He further added, "With regards to the foul odour across some parts of Mumbai, as of now, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has been activated with its SoPs. I appeal to all to stay indoors, not panic. Close your windows,"