GAIL tragedy death toll rises to 20
June 29, 2014 - Hyderabad
GAIL Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak said that corrective measures were being taken and added that it will replace all unsafe pipelines not only in the KG basis but across the country after an audit.
Karnatak said that two senior officials viz., General Manger Pankaj Patel and Deputy General Manger Rakesh Prasad at the Rajahmundry unit were placed under suspension for primarily responsible for the fire caused by possible leakage of gas in an underground pipeline that killed 19 persons and many injured.
Monthly income to the permanently disabled:
Company Chairman BC Tripathi said that GAIL deeply mourns the tragic loss of life and property and the Executive Directors (Human Resources) Amit Ray has been nominated as the nodal officer for the coordinator the relief and rehabilitation measures. He will work closely with the local authorities, government and villages. The Chairman said that GAIL in addition to the medical expenditure of the injured, it will make deposit a sum of Rs.5 lakhs in fixed deposit for each of the permanently disabled persons to enable them to get monthly income.
The Executive Director said that he hand handed over a cheque of Rs.3.50 crore (Rs.20 lakh each to 19 families) towards compensation to the families of the deceased to the District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad at her Camp office in Kakinada. An additional sum of Rs.9 lakh was given to the injured (Rs.50,000 to 18 victims) through the Collector.
Two more died
Two more persons Chinna and Rajyalakshmi who are being treated at Apollo Hospital in Kakinada died taking the toll figure to 20.
Villagers shows their ire at leaders:
The villagers on Sunday expressed their ire at the former Union Minister K Chiranjeevi and former APCC president Botcha Satyanrayana. They shouted at them and expressed ‘we don’t want your sympathy; we want relocations of the GAIL pipeline from our village. No political leader should visit us for mileage’, they said. In earlier occasion on Saturday they expressed ire at Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao and former Amalapuram MP GV Harsha Kumar.
It may be recalled that in the early hours of Friday, a blast occurred in GAIL pipeline at Nagaram village at Mamidikuduru mandal of East Godavari killing 15 on the spot injuring many more causing heavy human as well property loss.