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Unknown odour reports trigger panic in Mumbai, fire engines dispatched

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Mumbai, Sep 20: Panic gripped Mumbaikars on Thursday after citizens from several areas of Mumbai complained of gas leak. The odour was reported from places like Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, Chandivali, Powai, Ghatkopar and Andheri.

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The BMC disaster cell it received first reports of an "unknown odour'" at 10:45 pm from various parts of Eastern Suburbs. Nine Fire engines were mobilized at various places to find out the source of leakage, the disaster cell said.

"Our emergency teams have spread out to sites from where complaints have been received," Mahanagar Gas Limited said.

"A total of 29 complaints were received by the #1916 control room regarding an unknown smell, which has considerably reduced now. Apart from the 9 fire engines, 4 emergency vans of MGL have been mobilised. If you still notice the odour please dial 1916," BMC said in an update.

Mumbai residents complaining of a 'foul', 'pungent' or 'gas-like' smell in their respective areas, tagging the Mumbai Police and the Mahanagar Gas Ltd.

A statement issued by Mahanagar Gas Ltd said, "Since late evening, MGL has been receiving complaints of gas smell from various parts of Mumbai. Our emergency teams have spread out to sites from where complaints have been received. So far we have not come across any breach in our pipeline system which could result in leakage of gas."

As panic gripped the city, citizens took to twitter to post on the development.

The civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has dispatched nine fire engines across the city to determine the source of the odour.

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