Mumbai: Probe report on chlorine gas leak within two weeks

Last Updated: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 23:00

Mumbai: An inquiry report by Mumbai Port
Trust (MPT) into the chlorine gas leakage incident would be
ready within two weeks, while the process of neutralising the
gas from the cylinders is in full swing.

Under the directive of Shipping Ministry, Deputy Chairman
Shreekant Singh of Mumbai Port Trust was conducting an inquiry
into the incident, MPT Chairman Rahul Asthana told agency.
"The inquiry report would be ready within two weeks," he
said, adding the consignment had been imported by Mumbai-based
Agro Gases Pvt Ltd but it did not claim them due to some
reasons.

"The report will have complete details as to why the
cylinders were lying there since over a decade," he added.

On Wednesday, over 120 fell sick after inhaling the
chlorine gas leaked from one of the 136 cylinders lying in MPT
premises at Sewree in south Mumbai for last several years.

Meanwhile, the process of neutralising the gas from three
cylinders simultaneously by the team of National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF) and other experts, is still underway, a
police officers said.

Of the 136 cylinders, only six contained the gas while
one of them that leaked on Wednesday had been neutralised on
the same day.
"Yesterday neutralisation process of three chlorine gas
cylinders was undertaken simultaneously using two lorry
tankers full of mixture of solution of lime, water and sodium
hydroxide (caustic soda)," DCP Kaisar Khalid said, adding the
process was still undergoing.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 23:00

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