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AP pipeline blast: GAIL suspends 2 officials

Posted on Jun 30 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, June 29 : GAIL (India) Limited on Sunday said it has suspended two senior officials of the company after a fire caused by a possible leakage in an underground gas pipeline killed 19 persons and left several others injured in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

The company said it has initiated implementation of a slew of relief measures for the affected families and villagers of Nagaram .

"The compensation of Rs. 20 lakhs per deceased and Rs. 50,000/- to each of the 19 injured, totaling to Rs. 3.89 crore was handed over to the district administration today. The disbursement of compensation to the individual eligible beneficiaries will begin tomorrow. Parallely, pending the outcome of the enquiry set up both by the Government as well as the Company, two senior officials incharge of the regional operations and maintenance of the pipeline network have been suspended," GAIL said in a statement on Sunday

B C Tripathi, CMD, GAIL said, "GAIL (India) Limited deeply mourns the tragic loss of life and property in the unfortunate incident along the natural gas pipeline of the company at Tatipaka in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Our ED (Human Resources), Mr. Amit Ray has been nominated as the nodal officer for coordinating the relief and rehabilitation measures and closely work with local authorities, Government and villagers."

The GAIL pipeline fire incident in Andhra Pradesh on Friday claimed 19 lives.

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