April 25, 2023
DHAKA – Many city dwellers complained of gas leaks in parts of Dhaka last night, with some leaving their homes for the streets out of fear.
Contacted, Fire Service and Civil Defence Duty Officer Rafi Al Faruk said they received numerous complaints of gas leaks from across the capital.
They sent teams to Lalbagh, Hazaribagh, Mohammadpur, and Khilgaon areas to check on the complaints.
Shuvojit Ghosh, in Green Road area, said residents of his building quickly descended from their flats after smelling gas.
“The smell was emitting from the gas risers located on the ground floor of the building. We informed the Titas office, but no one came even after one and a half hours,” he said while talking to the reporter at about 11:30pm.
“Even residents on the top floor of our 16-storey building complained of smelling gas,” he said.
Many residents in Nakhalpara were also seen on the streets, fearing a blast from gas leaks.
Wishing anonymity, a top official of Titas told The Daily Star that due to high pressure on the gas lines, they were getting complaints of gas leaks.
“We’re trying to reduce the pressure in the pipeline,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid asked the city dwellers not to panic.
On his verified Facebook page, he told citizens not to be concerned about the complaints of gas leaks. “City dwellers are requested not to be panicked,” he said.
Gas transmission company — Titas has already taken the necessary measures. “Situation is completely under control,” he added