Nagaram victims still cry for help
July 27, 2014 - Hyderabad
It is on this day exactly a month back, tragic struck in the form of flams on the villages of the peaceful Nagaram village.
A blast in the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipe line leaked followed by an explosion at Nagaram village at Mamidikuduru mandal of East Godavari district killing 15 people and injured 50.
Political leaders of all parties irrespective of their flags rushed to the scene extending their possible help in their available means. The East Godavari District Collector Neethu Prasad left no stone unturned in extending help in coordinating all agencies to the victims. The Deputy Chief Minister Chinarajappa rushed to the spot while the Chief Minister who was in Delhi cut short his trip rushed to Nagaram. He was accompanied by Union Minister for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan. The YSRCP president and leader of the opposition in the Assembly went in the support of victims. The Petroleum and Natural Gases ministry has constituted a committee headed by RP Singh to probe into the incident.
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.
The injured were waiting for government help still. The authorities who assured them of all help now seem contrary. The GAIL that promised to develop the village as model one now not seen in the vicinity. The victim families are still fighting for the help. They plead the Government and GAIL authorities to have a soft corner on them even now.