BMC questions citizens after no findings about the 'gas leakage' incident

Previously on September 19, Thursday, the disaster management department had received around 37 complaints of a gas leak from over 15 locations

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On September 19, citizens from Powai, Ghatkopar, Vile Parle, Goregaon East Powai, Andheri, had complained that they could smell gas. After which, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had conducted an investigation regarding whether there was a gas leak in the areas. However, almost a week later, BMC’s disaster management department has been unable to trace the source of the alleged gas leak. So now, the civic body has started quizzing citizens who complained about the leak to ascertain which gas it was.

In the meantime, the Central Government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) agency confirmed that their stations at the locations did not detect the high level of emissions of gases on Thursday night. Alongside, BMC’s air quality monitoring stations (AQMs) also had not detected any spike in emissions.

On Thursday, the civic body had received around 37 complaints from around 15 locations whereas Mumbai Fire Brigade had got around 50 complaints. But still, the authorities were unable to trace the source of the alleged gas leak.

A BMC official said, “We are quizzing the citizens from whom we got complaints on Thursday. There is a set questionnaire drafted, and we are asking them those questions.”

Meanwhile, the BMC has also asked for the routes used by containers or trucks of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mahanagar Gas Limited, and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited that were transporting gases on Thursday night to see if a moving container had leakage, resulting in the smell at various locations.

“Our nine stations did not detect any high or low volume emissions of gases. We cannot ascertain or confirm if it would be some other form of gas,” said Gufran Baig, project director of SAFAR.

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