Four killed, 3 injured in fire at ONGC plant

first_imgThree personnel of the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) fire and safety wing and the Residential Plant Supervisor of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were killed in a fire that broke out at the oil and gas processing plant in Uran, Navi Mumbai, early on Tuesday.The deceased have been identified as Residential Plant Supervisor C.N Rao (50), Capt. E. Nayaka (48), S.P. Kushwaha (36) and M.K. Paswan (33) of the CISF.Three other CISF Fire personnel also suffered burns and were hospitalised. Of these, one had minor injuries and was discharged, while constables Mahesh K.R. and Shindu Raj, are in hospital, but out of danger.At 6.47 a.m. the CISF control room informed the CISF fire station about the detection of naphtha gas leakage near the LPG plant. “Immediately fire tenders took all precautionary measures with Breathing Apparatus (BA) sets and were the first to respond to the fire. The three CISF fire fighters started looking for the source of leakage under the supervision of Mr. Rao. They detected the leakage and tried to close the main valve,” Lalit Jha, commander in-charge of the plant, CISF said.Mr. Jha said the team had managed to close the valve and were looking for any other leakage when a blast occurred killing all four. The explosion was followed by a fire. “While they perished, the team managed to save human lives and surrounding property worth crores of rupees only due to their alertness and dedication,” he said.Two vehicles, one of Mr. Rao and one used by CISF Special Task Force (STF), were also burnt.The CISF fire team along with fire tenders of ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) and Reliance managed to control the fire in the next four hours.Three other CISF Fire personnel also suffered burn injuries and were hospitalised. Of these, one had minor injuries and was discharged while fire constables Mahesh KR and Shindu Raj, are in hospital, but out of danger.Twenty fire tenders of all agencies were pressed into service. “Since chemicals were involved, we used foam to control the fire. The operation started by around 7.15 a.m. and was brought under control by around 11 a.m. The fire was concentrated within the plant,” Cidco fire officer Arvind Mandke said.Residents shiftedResidents from the neighbourhood of the ONGC plant were shifted to a school till noon as the smell of chemical caused discomfort to them.There is no impact on the processing as the gas has been diverted to Hazira plant in Gujarat.The ONGC shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange closed down 3.34% at ₹117.15 in a weak Mumbai market on Tuesday.CNG services hit in MumbaiCompressed natural gas (CNG) services in and around Mumbai were affected owing to the fire.“Gas supply to City Gate Station at Wadala has been severely affected,” said Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) in a statement.The MGL is ensuring that supply to its domestic piped natural gas (PNG) consumers is maintained on priority without any interruption.However, many CNG stations across Mumbai may not operate due to low pressure in the pipeline and industrial and commercial customers have been advised to switch to alternative fuel, the statement said.Gas supplies across the MGL’s network would normalise once the supply of natural gas from the ONGC is restored, it added.Bus, autos affected Gas supply to the city’s filling stations was cut off for a few hours but restored by 1 p.m. albeit under low pressure.In the coming days, the biggest hit could be felt by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking as CNG-run buses make up over half of its fleet of 3,200 buses. A senior BEST official said all bus depots were instructed in the morning to fill up as many buses as possible. “We are in constant touch with Mahanagar Gas regarding the issue and we’re monitoring the situation closely. While no bus operations were affected today, there could be some impact on services in the coming days if the supply is not restored,” Surendrakumar Bagde, BEST General Manager, said. At present the BEST has 1,777 buses that run on CNG.There are nearly 1.82 lakh registered auto rickshaws in Mumbai, a majority of which run on CNG. Leader of Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, Thampi Kurien, said that through the day rickshaw drivers were waiting in queues at filling stations for hours. Mr. Kurien said while they have been in touch with Mahanagar Gas, no indication has been given as to when the supply would be restored.(With inputs from Raina Assainar and Ajeet Mahale)last_img