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Posted on Dec 09, 11:14AM | UNI
Prompt action taken by district administration of Panchkula averted a major fire accident, as a petrol tanker carrying 20,000 liters of petrol suddenly caught fire at a Dhaba near village Manakiya in the district today.
On getting the information about the incident, Deputy Commissioner, Ashima Brar constituted a team of officers under the supervision of Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) Sharandeep Kaur Brar to take stock of the situation.
The petrol tanker was on its way from Bahadurgarh to Nalagarh and as soon as it reached a Dhaba near village Manakiya, it suddenly caught fire.
On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, fire tenders from Derabasi, Ambala, Kalka, Chandigarh and Panchkula reached the spot and took situation under control.
Mrs Brar also asked the concerned officers of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to reach the spot. The officers of the HPCL namely Mr Krishan Handa and Mr Pawan Kumar apprised the Deputy Commissioner that 14,000 liter of petrol was still left in the tanker. Assuming that it could again catch fire, Mrs Brar directed them to shift this petrol to another tanker.
The HPCL officers requested the Deputy Commissioner to get vacated the area within a radius of 300 meters from the spot so that the process of shifting petrol could be carried out smoothly.
Mrs Brar also directed the Dhaba owner to get lifted the gas cylinder and other inflammable items from the Dhaba. She urged the villagers to get the village vacated and also avoid smoking within the area of 300 meters from the incident so that the officials of the HPCL could carry out the process for shifting of petrol smoothly.
She also directed the officers of the police department to halt the movement of vehicles in the area during that period.
The Deputy Commissioner congratulated the officers and officials of fire tenders who discharged their duties with utmost dedication and devotion in controlling the fire which led to averting a major fire accident.