Public sector gas utility Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) on Sunday suspended two senior company officials of its Andhra Pradesh (AP) office to fix responsibility for the leakage in the gas pipeline which led to the fire that killed 19 persons and injured several others.
The massive blaze on Friday morning at Nagaram village, East Godavari district, in AP was suspected to have been sparked when a tea vendor lit a stove in the vicinity of the leaking pipeline.
"Pending the outcome of the inquiry set up both by the government as well as the company, two senior officials in charge of regional operations and maintenance of the pipeline network have been suspended," Gail said in a statement.
Gail has also initiated implementation of a slew of relief measures for the affected families and villagers of Nagaram and announced Rs 20 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased besides the Rs 5- lakh compensation announced by the Central and state governments.
The gas company handed over Rs 3.89 crore to the district administration towards compensation to the families of the deceased at Rs 20 lakh each while a compensation of Rs 50,000 was given to the families of 19 injured.
Company chairman B. C. Tripathi said, "Gail deeply mourns the tragic loss of life and property in the unfortunate incident along the natural gas pipeline of the company at Tatipaka in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Our executive director (human resources) Amit Ray has been nominated as the nodal officer for coordinating the relief and rehabilitation measures and will closely work with local authorities, government and villagers." Tripathi added, " Gail will bear the medical expenses of all the injured persons and will put Rs 5 lakh in fixed deposit for each permanently disabled persons to enable them to access benefits through monthly income schemes." According to Gail, a detailed plan of action is being drawn for rehabilitation of the affected persons.
Courtesy: Mail Today