Yesterday, a chlorine gas leak in the HUDA water works created a bedlam in Panchkula. As a result, 40 people near Sector 17 had to be hospitalized. Most of the victims were women and children.
Luckily, the gas leak did not do any major damage.
Barring two people, rest of the victims were discharged. A girl and a woman were put on oxygen as a preventive measure.
The leak had happened in Rajiv Colony water works facility in Sector 17. The leak affected people(mostly labourers) from Rajiv and Indira colony. Panic spread after the victims complained of nausea.
The victims were rushed to government hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula, Manimajra civil hospital and Government Multi Specialty Hospital(GMSH) in Sector 16, Chandigarh.
Patients complained that no administrative official attended to their needs .
Gas Cylinder Disposed Off In Ghaggar
Chlorine is used for water purification. The cylinder containing 3-kg gas in it, was lying in the premises for many days.
A waterworks security guard had spotted the gas leak. During the loading of the cylinder, the gas leaked in the entire vicinity. The gas cylinder has now been disposed in Ghaggar.
Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta said HUDA should penalize the agency that supplies cylinders to waterworks.
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(News Source – HT Chandigarh)
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