A Fire Officer showing the spot where the gas leak was reported and the fire personnel using oxygen breathing apparatus trying to control the chlorine gas leak.
Mumbai:Atleast five fire personnel of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) are admitted in a MBMC civic hospital while two personnel of the Water Department were rendered first aid and residents of five buildings near the filteration plant were evacuated on Friday dawn, after a chlorine gas leak was reported from the water tank used for fire fighting purposes on Friday early morning. A Mumbai based aqua filter contractor is under the lens which had provided the chlorine tank to the plant. The MBMC Fire Brigade have submitted a report blaming the contractor's negligence to the Bhayander police who are investigating the case as due to the Republic Day, the police were on bandobast duty.
The MBMC water plant of the Fire Brigade is located in Kamala Park area and a leak in the chlorine cylinder was observed at around 2300 hours Thursday night. The 163 kg weight cylinder had around 100 kg Chlorine gas which was used to filter water for the MBMC fire fighting purposes. When the leak was detected some of the fire personnel tried to plug it using soap, but the pressure was so high, that the gas discharge was high and thus five firemen : Jagdish Patil, Sub Fire Officer, Firemen Rohit Patil, Santosh Mashal, Sanjay Mhatre and MBMC driver Harshad Adhikari were injured due to the inhalation of the toxic chlorine gas,said Prakash Borade, Chief Fire Officer, MBMC. Further, Uttam Randive, Junior Engineer, Water Department, foreman Vithal Dhogde, Valveman Uttarayan Dorairaj, security guard Nikhilesh Tiwari, and others also suffered injuries,said Borade. Of which the five fire brigade personnel and Dorairaj have been admitted in the Tunga Hospital, Bhayander while, Dorairaj has been shifted to the Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivli,said Borade. While two firemen have been discharged, the other three firemen would be discharged on Saturday morning,said the official.
We had contacted the contractor, who gave us assurances that they are on the way to the filteration plant, but we did not want to wait for them, so 2 fire brigade personnel wearing oxygen apparatus, cut the supply of the chlorine cylinder and in a covered MBMC vehicle, we threw the cylinder in the Bhayander creek at around 0300 hours, said Borade and as day broke we inspected the creek to check whether the cylinder was submerged in the waters, so as to dilute the effects of the toxic chlorine gas,he said. There are 8 oxygen apparatus of which two each are installed in our Uttan and Silver Park fire stations, while one apparatus was used during the gas tanker leak in Kashimira at Ghodbunder Road on Thursday afternoon, while two apparatus were used to plug the chlorine gas leak and now we have only one fully charged oxygen apparatus, said Borade. We will refill the empty oxygen apparatus from Vasai on Monday,he added, so that the same could be used in any emergencies.
FIVE BUILDINGS EVACUATED
Five buildings in the vicinity of the water filteration plant had been evacuated with nearly 200 families complained of vomitting and uneasiness due to the gas leak,said Borade. The buildings are Ruchi Tower, and four other buildings in the Kamala Park area and the residents assembled at a safe spot at a nearby chowk, said Borade. We are investigating the cause of the leak, he said. Due to the winter chill, there was breeze which spread the chlorine gas to the nearby localities,causing vomitting, breathlessness, nausea,choked throats and suffocation, said Borade, and thus the residents were evacuated from their homes to a safer and open spaces. It was an accident and fortunately there are no casualties, he said.