'Situation under control': BMC urges people 'not to panic' after reports of gas leak raise alarm in Mumbai
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday urged the people of Mumbai not to panic, saying the “situation is under control” after several complaints of a gas leak originating from different parts of the city.
In a statement, the BMC said that it received several reports of a gas leak from Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, Powai, Andheri and Mankhurd, forcing it to dispatch fire services.
“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 response if required,” the BMC said in a tweet.
The BMC said that it has mobilised all the concern agencies to assess the situation and urged people ‘not to panic’, saying the “situation is being monitored”.
“Anyone having problems due to the foul smell please put a wet towel or cloth on your face covering nose,” it added.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya also urged people not to panic, saying "all possible and necessary resources are mobilised".
"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. @mybmc is actively monitoring this situation," he tweeted.
On Saturday, several people in Mumbai complained of a foul smell emanating in the Chembur area. Following this, the officials reached the spot and advised people cover their faces with a wet towel or handkerchief. The origin of the smell is still under investigation, the officials noted.
Meanwhile, many people took to twitter complaining of the unpleasant smell.
The reports of gas leak comes nine months after a similar gas leak took place in Mumbai's Chembur. Last year, reports of gas leak emerged from Rashtriya Chemical Fertiliser's plant in Chembur. The authorities, however, were not able to comfirm the source of the origin of the gas leak.
(With PTI inputs)
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