Moily says inquiry report on IOC terminal fire by Jan. 20
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moliy on Sunday said that an inquiry report on the fire that had damaged the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) terminal's fuel storage tank at Hazira can be expected by January 20.
Two persons were killed in the fire in storage tank number four of the IOC terminal in Hazira which was contained after a 21-hour operation by fire brigade personnel.
Moily, who had decided to visit the site, appreciated the work of local administration, fire brigade and other public and private sector companies for the massive disaster management operation and containing the fire which had started on Saturday afternoon.
He said petrol worth Rs.35 crore has been burnt and another Rs. 10 crore loss of infrastructure has also been reported in the blaze.
The minister announced on behalf of IOC a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to the kin of those who had died in the incident.
"It is under investigation whether the fire was caused by human error or not, both by the district administration and a high-level inquiry. Everything will be investigated. No one will be spared if there is an error," he said.
"The fire has been contained. Even though the other tanks were situated just by the side of Tank No 4, the damage was controlled and contained. The fire was confined to only one tank," Moily said.
The IOC facility at Hazira has nine tanks located close to each other and Tank Number four was also nearby.
"This is an immediate instance of disaster management mechanism in place, unlike Jaipur, where everything was gutted," he said.
One of the IOC officials said that it may take another 24 hours to bring the fire totally under control.