Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday ordered a probe into the Baghjan oil field fire incident which took place in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Tuesday. A massive fire erupted from the oil well continued to spread in the vicinity displacing over 8000 people and killing two.
The chief minister’s office (CMO) in an official communiqué said, “The chief minister has directed Additional Chief Secretary of the state government Maninder Singh to constitute an enquiry into the incident and submit the inquiry report within 15 days.”
On the other hand, the Chief Minister also directed Additional Principal Conservator of
Forest (Wildlife) M. K. Yadava to conduct a study on the effects of the explosion incident
on the environment and ecology of the surrounding areas. Yadava was directed to cover
the effects of the incident on flora and fauna along with different species living in the water
bodies of the area in his study.
The fire is yet to get doused. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team on Wednesday recovered the dead bodies of two firefighters from the site. One amongst them was a former state level footballer too.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia came down heavily on Sonowal for allegedly not addressing the fire incident properly. Saikia said that Sonowal should have visited the Baghjhan area personally to assess the situation.
“The CM has spoken to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister and defense minister too. But instead of just calling them and attending other functions, Sonowal should himself visit the spot and understand the plight of the people there. I would like to request him to visit Baghjan and take urgent steps,” Saikia said.
Sonowal earlier had sent state’s Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary to the Baghjan oil well site to take stock of the situation and assess the loss of the affected area and its people. Patowary on Wednesday held a series of meetings with the Tinsukia district administration, CMD and other top officials of Oil India Limited, oil field experts and representatives of various local organizations at Tinsukia.
In the course of discussion, it was decided that all possible help and care to the affected people of Baghjan area will be taken by Government of Assam and Oil India.
During the Minister’s discussion with DC and SP of Tinsukia, Oil India’s CMD assured Minister Patowary that the fire at the well site will be doused within 21 days.
There are in total 12 relief camps with around 8,000 inmates.