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Mumbai Chlorine gas leakage probe

New Delhi, Wed, 14 Jul 2010 ANI

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Ministry of Shipping on Wednesday sought a detailed report from the Mumbai Port Trust regarding the leakage of the chlorine gas from within its compound.


There was an incident of leakage of chlorine gas from one of the cylinders kept at Hay Bandar area of Mumbai Port Trust. These cylinders have been kept in that area which is meant for storage of hazardous goods for the past few years.


At about 3.30 am, escaping chlorine gas has affected nearly 59 persons of the nearby Lal Bahadur Shastri Nautical Institute and a Police Station of Sewri area.


All the 59 affected persons were evacuated and have been admitted to three Mumbai hospitals.


As per the records of Mumbai Port Trust these cylinders were empty. Mumbai Port Trust is checking its records to find out whether any action had been taken for disposal of the hazardous material in the past. .


The situation is presently under control.


Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Traffic Manager and other senior officials of Mumbai Port Trust are at the site, where relief and rescue works are being undertaken. (ANI)


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