India orders probe into GAIL fire

A stretch of the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline running through the village of Nagaram in the East Godavri district of Andhra Pradesh, India’s southern state, has become the site of a major accident, as a blast and fire killed 14 people and injured 20, on June 27.

The incident is being termed as the most deadly accident since the August 2013 fire incident at Hindustan Petroleum Refinery at Vizag. The locals alleged that the GAIL officials did not take proper safety measures despite several complaints.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu have ordered an inquiry into the incident.  The 18-inch pipeline supplies 0.5 million standard cubic metres of gas a day, to a power plant operated by Lanco Infratech Ltd.




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