'Safety norms left to air', says experts
June 28, 2014 - Hyderabad
The two decade old pipelines and usage of archaic technology were the primary reason of the GAIL gas pipe leakage followed by fire on Friday morning resulting into the deaths of 16 persons leaving many more injured apart from lakhs of rupees of property loss.
It may be noted here that the gas that is being transported through Gas Authority India Limited pipelines of the Oil and National Gas Company (ONGC) were laid twenty years ago and most of the junctions are exposed and vulnerable condition. Experts said that the pipelines should have been replaced at least at junction and safety mechanism has to be in place to arrest the leakage of gas.
Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa said ' we will recommend stringent action against GAIL officials. The company apparently did namesake repairs when locals complained of the leakage of gas just a couple of days ago'.
ONGC officials say that the GAIL trunk pipeline was transporting gas to Lanco Kondapalli plant at 60 pressure per square inch (PSI) which is considered normal'. Preliminary information says that there was minor leakage and gas cloud settled in the entire ground. It was ignited by one of the households of the unauthorised habitation in the vicinity in the wee hours. Jameel Pasha, media representative of ONGC said that the outbreak of fire caused huge damage to property and flora and fauna.