AP govt orders probe into GAIL pipeline mishap

Last Updated 27 June 2014, 06:23 IST

The Andhra Pradesh government today ordered an inquiry into the GAIL gas pipeline blast at Nagaram village in East Godavari district, in which 14 persons were killed.

"(I've) Ordered an inquiry and action plan to avoid these in future," Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is in Delhi, posted on Twitter.

"We need a preventive plan to ensure safety," he added.

He expressed shock and grief over the deaths and extended condolences to the bereaved families.

The Chief Minister is cutting short his New Delhi trip and rushing to East Godavari to reach the accident spot this afternoon.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is also expected to accompany Chandrababu to the accident site.

Naidu spoke to AP Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa and East Godavari district Collector Neetu Prasad over phone and directed them to provide best medical facilities to the injured.Chinarajappa, who has reached the spot, said that a comprehensive inquiry will be conducted in the incident.

"The state government will conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the GAIL gas pipeline blast in the district. All help will be provided to the blast-affected persons," said Chinarajappa, who is also the state Home Minister.

He directed the hospitals where the injured were admitted to provide better medical facilities for their speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, GAIL Chairman B C Tripathi said rescue and relief operations are in progress at the mishap site in Nagaram village, according to a senior GAIL official in Rajahmundry.

"The exact cause of the blast was not immediately known. After an inquiry only we will get the details and cause of the blast," Tripathi said, as quoted by the GAIL official.

(Published 27 June 2014, 06:18 IST)

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