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Oil India CMD to visit Baghjan blowout site today

5-member committee set up to determine reason for the leak
Policemen guard the checkpoint at the blowout site in Baghjan.

Manoj Kumar Ojha   |   Doomdooma   |   Published 30.05.20, 11:13 PM

Oil India Limited chairman and managing director Sushil Chandra Mishra on Saturday arrived at its Duliajan headquarters and will visit the site at Baghjan on Sunday, where a blowout occurred at an oil well on Wednesday morning.

“OIL CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra arrived today from Delhi. A meeting is on with top officials,” OIL spokesman Tridiv Hazarika told The Telegraph.

Baghjan oilfields is located in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district, around 18km from here and 48km from Tinsukia town.

However, state pollution control board chairman Y. Suryanarayana will arrive directly at the site on Sunday and meet Baghjan residents and local police.

“A five-member committee has been set up, which will ascertain whether the blowout occurred owing to a technical failure, human negligence or any natural cause,” Hazarika added.

As the blowout is still continuing and it would take a few more days to be brought under control, according to experts, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday discussed the situation with Union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Mishra, asking the latter to ensure the leakage was stopped at the earliest.

After the incident, thousands of people are taking shelter at Baghjan ME School.

“We are doing everything necessary so that people don’t face problems. The loss to flora and fauna is also being checked,” said Tinsukia deputy commissioner Bhaskar Pegu.

The meeting was still in progress at the OIL headquarters till the filing of this report.


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