Expert aid sought to prevent further gas leaks at Mumbai port
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 14:57
New Delhi: After nearly 60 persons were hospitalised following leakage of chlorine gas from a cylinder at the Mumbai Port Trust early Wednesday morning, the government has sought the help of experts to prevent any further incident of the kind.

Of the 59 affected persons, seven were admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) of the Port Trust Hospital, JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital. Three were said to be in a critical condition.

"We have sought experts dealing with hazardous gases from Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd and Century Rayon to prevent any further leakage of the gas," Rakesh Shrivastava, Joint Secretary, Port, Ministry of Shipping, told agency.

The Shipping Ministry has also sought a detailed report from the Mumbai Port Trust on the leakage of chlorine gas from one of the cylinders at Hay Bandar area of the Port Trust around 3.30 am.

The Ministry is closely watching the situation, Shrivastava said, adding that seven of the 59 affected persons were in the ICU while three were in a critical condition.

According to an official statement, the cylinders were being kept in the Hay Bandar area, allocated for storage of hazardous goods over the past few years. The gas had affected nearly 59 persons in the nearby Lal Bahadur Shastri Nautical Institute and a police station in the Siwri area, it added.

All the 59 affected persons were evacuated and admitted to hospitals, the statement said.

"No death has been reported as per discussions with the deputy chairman of the Mumbai Port Trust," it said, adding, "As per the records of the Mumbai Port Trust, these cylinders were empty. The Mumbai Port Trust is checking its records to find out if any action had been taken for the disposal of hazardous material in the past."

The situation is currently under control and the chairman, deputy chairman, traffic manager as well as other senior officials of the Mumbai Port Trust are at the site, where relief and rescue works are being undertaken, the statement said.

"The Ministry of Shipping is closely monitoring the situation," it added.


First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 14:57

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