A major fire broke out in the underground pipeline carrying natural gas to the businesses at IDC Verna, averting a serious catastrophe at Mormugao in the afternoon on Sunday, January 30.
According to the information, the gas pipeline was laid down by the Indian Oil Adani Gas Pvt Ltd (IOAGPL) and was connected to the industries at IDC Verna from Mormugao Port. However, a trench with exposed pipeline was left open near Consua junction.
According to Verna police, some unknown person put fire to dry grass at the roadside along the NH-17B highway to which a small portion of plastic pipeline was melted and natural gas started leaking.
The Verna fire station received a call about the incident at around 12.15 pm, and as soon as the fire was under control, they noticed bubbles emerging from the pipe, indicating some kind of leakage.
The officer immediately informed IOAGPL personnel, who rushed to the gas leak site with their technical team and quickly began fixing the pipeline, causing the supply of CNG to the Verna industrial estate to be shut off for a few hours.
The police and other security officials were on high alert and guarding the route as Home Minister Amit Shah's convoy was expected to pass by on its way to BJP meetings later that evening on Sunday.