Kakinada: Tension prevailed at Uppudi village under Katrenikona Mandal of East Godavari district on Sunday following a gas leak from a gas pipeline, which was maintained by the PFH Oil and Gas Private Limited, a private agency. Fortunately there were no reports about the injuries and casualties in the incident so far.

The police said that the gas pipeline developed a crack and gas leaked from the pipeline by making a huge sound at the village. The police said that gas pipeline connected to Katrenikona well passed through a few villages, including Uppudi and few other villages. The leaked gas is inflammable.

The Fire Service personnel and the Electricity department officials rushed the spot and they stopped power supply to the nearby villages and they appealed the villagers not to light firewood or gas stoves as the gas may lead to fire mishap.

Speaking to reporters, K Prasad , a resident of the Uppulldi village said that the leaded gas has a small similar to the petrol and panic gripped in the villages, he added

The fire and rescue personnel and technical team of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Rajahmundry has been rushed to the spot and extended support to the PFH personnel in plugging the pipeline leakage.

The East Godavari police have suspended the vehicular traffic in ans around Uppudi village as a precautionary measure. The officials also vacated the houses in the villages. It was This was the second gas pipeline leak incident reported in the last three days in East Godavari district. A gas pipeline of the ONGC leaked at Antarvedi on January 31. The ONGC officials made it clear that the corporation was in no way connected to the incident.

The police said that the officials and the technical teams will bring the situation under control on Monday and there is nothing to worry. However, the locals raised slogans against the ONGC and others citing that the frequent incidents of the gas leakages have been leading to their life under threat.

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