Gas supply to Kandivali, Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road and Bhayander has been disrupted.
Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) gas pipeline on the Western Express Highway at Malad (E) was damaged while excavation work by MMRDA’s contractor was in progress on Wednesday.
This has resulted in temporary disruption of gas supply in a few areas, such as Kandivali, Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road and Bhayander. MGL’s Emergency team is currently at the site and is rectifying the damage.
As a result of the damage, the CNG stations in these areas will be impacted and domestic CNG supply might also be affected. Restoration of gas supply to normalcy is expected within the next 24 hours.
According to Thampi Kurien, chief of the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, 18 pumps dispensing CNG have been shut in the Malad-Dahisar belt due to the pipeline puncture. “This is one of the densest belts as far as rickshaw numbers are concerned and by night most rickshaws would have run out of CNG. There is going to be an issue for Mumbaikars because several rickshaws might not be able to hit the roads tomorrow in these areas. A small percentage might fill their tanks at pumps in other parts of the city but the problem is expected to remain till Thursday evening,” said Kurien.
An MGL spokesperson told DNA that rectification work was in progress and normal supply is expected only by Thursday. According to MGL officials, the puncture can be set right only after all the gas in the pipeline is expended so that no gas escapes into the air. Valves that regulate the gas supply in the pipeline are being strategically shut for the purpose and once the pipeline is devoid of any gas, the emergency team will start repairing the pipe, said officials.