Oil leakage was detected in a drain at Gavanpada, Chembur. One matchstick could explode the entire place, something that the residents of Chembur fearing since the incident. A Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) pipeline in Chembur had to be shut down, after an oil leak was detected in a drain near the company’s Gavanpada refinery. The residents immediately contacted MCGM but despite numerous complaints nobody came and for the last two days hundreds pf litres of oil was being washed away in the drain. Finally, the fire brigade was called in. The fire brigade department covered the entire open drains with foam as even one lit match stick could blow up the entire place taking lives of many. At the time when the incident occurred, we spoke with the Chief Fire Officer. Upon inspection, however it was found that there was a leak in one of the HPCL pipelines. The fire department immediately shut the connection and instructed HPCL to stop the supply. Two fire engines were pressed into service to ensure nothing untoward happened. Panicked residents were worried that the oil could contaminate their drinking water supply but MCGM officials who were sent on site for inspecting have dispelled any worries, stating that the pipeline carrying water was no longer in use. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Ajaz Khan for NMTV News.
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