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Gas company operates from Bandra road, risks residents' lives

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 7:55am IST | Agency: dna

Bandra and Khar residents are upset that a reputed cooking gas delivery service company has been operating from an arterial Bandra road for the last couple of months. According to them, their vehicles and cylinders on the road are not only creating traffic congestion in the area but can also be dangerous for both residents and commuters in case of any leakage or blast.

Daphne Warapen, an activist from the area, said she had brought this matter to the notice of the civic authorities, but no action has been taken on it so far. "I have informed them about the nuisance, but the BMC seems to have taken the complaints casually," she said.

According to residents, Bharat Gas Co., at one time, had huge storage premises at the junction of Dr Ambedkar Road and Union Park. The godown, which stored the cylinders and their delivery carts, was on a plot leased by the collector.

"I have recently learnt that the place has been sold... Bharat Gas is now operating its pick-up of gas cylinders and their delivery on the already-congested road junction, which doesn't even have a footpath," said Warapen.

She also mentioned about another huge garage, which is in operation on the eastern side of the road, where they conveniently leave their damaged cars for months. "This area has become a nightmare for citizens, young and old. We have to meander through garbage, filth, squalor, human defecation, and other hindrances... this gas delivery problem adds to all the existing woes," she said.

Another resident said, "Bharat Gas Co. leaves its carts overnight on the road. There is a religious and academic institution a stone's throw from the area."

She added that huge Bharat Gas trucks come to this point, unload gas cylinders on the road and then leave them there. "I have requested the traffic police at Carter Road to check the vehicles parked here, but there has been no action on that front too," she said.

Assistant municipal commissioner Prashant Sapkale said, "We will take the required action. But as the cylinders carry inflammable substance, the police should also look into the matter and take action against those at fault."

There was no response to repeated phone calls to Bharat Gas Co.'s Bandra office.

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