High-level committee to probe Bhilai plant leakage: Union Steel Minister

Union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday announced that a high-level committee will be constituted to probe into the leakage of toxic gas at SAIL`s Bhilai Plant in Chhattisgarh.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 14, 2014, 02:49 AM IST

Bhilai: Union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday announced that a high-level committee will be constituted to probe into the leakage of toxic gas at SAIL`s Bhilai Plant in Chhattisgarh in which six people were killed and about 30 others injured.

The Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the next of kin of the five deceased employees, including two deputy general managers, and Rs 10 lakh for the family of a contract employee who died in the yesterday`s incident.

"A high level committed will be constituted by the union government within two days to investigate the incident. No SAIL officer will be inducted in that committee," Tomar told reporters after visiting the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and Research Centre in Bhilai.

The committee will submit its report within 30 days, he said.
"Those who will be held accountable for this, action will be taken against them," he added.

"Although the state government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the mishap and SAIL is also doing internal probe into it, the Union government feels that these would not be enough," he said.

"Taking lesson from such incidents the decision has been taken to constitute a high level probe committee to avoid the repetition of such instances," he said.

Tomar also asked SAIL Chairman C S Verma to provide a job to a member of the family of the deceased in the plant.

Tomar`s visit was scheduled at around 1 pm this afternoon but due to bad weather condition in Gwalior he could not reached here on time, he said apologising for the delay.