The authorities are finding it difficult to neutralise the chlorine gas cylinder, which was dumped into the sea and washed ashore at Worli Koliwada on Wednesday.
“The problem is that we can’t throw the cylinder back into the sea, because of its light weight. It can get washed ashore again, so we will have to think of a way to dispose it off,” said an National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official.
The cylinder was taken out of the sea on Wednesday night and had about 40 kg of chlorine left in it, but there was no leakage.
“We plan to take it to a deserted place and drill a hole in the cylinder as the regulator through which a pipe can be inserted is not functional and then neutralize it,” said S.A. Ahmad, Assistant Commandant, NDRF. He added that the location will have to chosen carefully as they don’t want to take any chances.
Two cylinders were thrown into the sea as there was some problem with their valves and they couldn’t be neutralised, an official said.
One weighed 900 kg and was full up to the brim and the other had 40 kg of chlorine. There are still 100 more cylinders left on the site to be neutralised.
Thirty-three of them have been neutralised on Thursday.