New Delhi: At least four people were charred to death and eight others were injured after a massive fire broke out at an oil and gas processing plant of state-run ONGC at Uran near Navi Mumbai on Tuesday.
“A fire broke out at ONGC gas plant around 7 am today, 1 Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officer and 3 Central Industrial Security Force personnel have died. 3 people have been injured but they are out of danger,” said Navi Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police (CP), Ashok Dudhe. Furthermore, he urged people living nearby the site to not believe rumours as the ‘fire is under control’.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, ONGC also confirmed that the fire was doused successfully and the situation was brought under control within 2 hours by fire fighting team. As a precautionary measure, the police have sealed a 1-km area around the plant.
Following the incident, supplies of both PNG and CNG in Mumbai has been severely hit. The Mahanagar Gas Ltd, which supplies domestic, industrial and vehicular gas, said that gas supply to its City Gate Station, Wadala has been badly affected.
“We are ensuring that supply to domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) consumers would be maintained on priority without interruption. However, many Compressed Natural Gas stations in Mumbai may not operate due to low pressure in the pipeline,” spokesperson of Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) said.
Reports claimed that industrial and commercial customers have been asked to switch to the alternate fuel until the supply of natural gas from ONGC is restored. The MGL network is spread across entire Mumbai, parts of Thane, Palghar and Raigad, serving lakhs of domestic, industrial and other consumers.