Inquiry committee faults GAIL for its negligence of the tragedy that killed 22 persons
August 18, 2014 - Hyderabad
An Inquiry committee headed by Joint Secretary (Refineries) Rajesh Kumar Singh has blamed the negligence on the part of the Gas Authority of India Limited for its tragedy in which 22 persons were killed in Andhra Pradesh.
Sources said that the committee found that the pipeline had corroded due to condensate and water that came along with the natural gas from ONGC through the pipeline. Gas was being transported at high pressure and it leaked along with flammable condensate leaked out to the surface on the night of June 26/27. Overcast weather lead to a cloud of gas being formed even as condensate sprayed on the ground. A spark, possibly from a cigarette or bidi lit by a local, at 0545 hours on June 27 led to condensate and cloud of gas catching fire with a loud explosion.
It may be recalled here that GAIL pipeline leaked at Nagaram village at Mamidikuduru mandal of East Godavari District killing 22 people and injuring 50 persons on June 27.
The Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced an ex-gratia of Rs.25 lakhs to the kith and kin of those killed. Out of this Rs.20 lakhs was paid by GAIL, Rs.3 lakhs from Andhra Pradesh Government and Rs.2 lakhs from Centre along with Rs.5 lakhs to the injured.
GAIL has suspended its General Manager Pankaj Patel and DGM Rakesh Kumar.