A leakage in Gail gas pipeline near Decathlon on ITPL Main road, Gardacharplaya in Mahadevapura near Whitefield has panicked locals and commuters.
Metro officials along with fire force, GAIL authorities and police rushed to the spot and blocked 500 metres radius of the area. Traffic moving towards ITPL Main road to reach Whitefield were advised to use Devasandra main road or use outer ring road (ORR) to proceed towards Marathahalli and reach Whitefield. Traffic moving towards the city from Whitefield are advised to proceed towards graphite from Hoodi proceed towards Kundalahalli towards city via Marathahalli.
Fire and emergency services personnel were pressed into service to prevent any further danger. Gail officials, who restored the pipeline, claimed that the leak was caused due to the ongoing Namma Metro Construction work.
According to the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) it was an accidental damage. He said the pipeline was not found in the test trenching but BMRCL was not taking steps to ensure such accidents do not repeat.
In order to prevent any such reoccurrence, BMRCL is obtaining gas network alignment from GAIL in all metro reaches. BMRCL will super impose them with metro alignment and ensure removal of any potential conflict before taking up any construction.
This is the second such incident as a similar incident occurred in Mahadevapura on October 22 and a complaint was filed with the Mahadevapura police station.