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Mumbai: Locals suspect gas leak; emergency teams arrive

Mumbai | Many citizens in Mumbai’s western and eastern suburbs late on Thursday night reported an unknown odour, around 10 PM.

Reports of the foul smell came in from Chembur, Ghatkopar, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Kandivali, Kurla and several other suburban areas.

Rumours sparked of a gas leak at the Rashtriya Chemical Fertiliser’s plant in the Chembur suburb.

However, the city’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that there is no leakage at the fertilizer plant.

The police said no injuries have been reported.

The Mahanagar Gas Limited, which has been receiving complaints of the odour from various parts of the city, has said they haven’t come across any breach in their pipeline system that could result in leakage of gas.

A senior official from the disaster management cell said that the source of the smell is yet to be identified and several fire engines have been sent to various areas and plants to inquire about the suspicious smell. “There is no confirmation from any of the gas agencies so far,” the official said.

“Our emergency teams have spread out to sites from where complaints have been received,” Mahanagar Gas Limited said.

The civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has dispatched nine fire engines across the city to determine the source of the odour.

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