High-level panel to probe into gas leak at SAIL’s Bhillai Plant

Raipur, 15 June-2014, TNN: Union minister of Steel Narendra Singh Tomar announced on Friday, that a high-level committee of experts will probe into the poisonous gas leak at SAIL’s Bhilai plant leaving six dead and 40 others injured.

High-level panel to probe into gas leak at SAIL’s Bhillai Plant

High-level panel to probe into gas leak at SAIL's Bhillai Plant

Talking to newsmen before leaving for Delhi, the minister, who earlier visited the plant and met the injured, said the committee, comprising experts from the field of steel, would look into the causes for the gas leak. He said the committee would submit its report within 30 days.

The minister said the committee would also suggest remedies to prevent occurrences of such incidents in future. In a candid admission, the minister said the upkeep of some steel plants is an issue and steps were being taken to ensure their maintenance.

In response to a question, the minister clarified that the probe committee will not have any official from SAIL. “It will be an independent committee of experts,” he said.

Earlier, the minister met the families of the victims. He assured that the next of kin of the victims would be given jobs as per government’s policy and relaxation in qualifications would be made, if required, to absorb them. He said the state government would also extend all possible help to the affected families.

The minister also announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the families of the deceased victims and Rs 10 for those who were working on contract basis. He also assured that the families of victims would be allowed to continue to stay in houses allotted to them by BSP till the full terms of the deceased employees.

Meanwhile, six people continue to be under observation at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and Research Centre, Sector 9. Doctors said 24 have been discharged and three of those who are still in the hospital are in ICU.