Jaipur IOC depot fire may abate by Wednesday eveningNovember 4th, 2009 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Nov 4 (IANS) The fire in the Indian Oil Corp (IOC) depot that has been raging since Oct 29 might finally abate by Wednesday evening, officials here said.
The fire at the depot in Sitapura, about 20 km from here, broke out last Thursday, killing 11 people and injuring over 150. It seems to be abating now, with only two of the 11 tanks ablaze, said Jaipur District Collector Kuldeep Ranka.
“The fire is raging now in two tanks,” Ranka told IANS, adding that the fuel in one of the tanks had almost burnt out while the blaze in the other tank should be extinguished by late Wednesday.
“Once the fire is extinguished we will start our search operations inside the premises,” Ranka said.
The district administration is planning to allow resumption of work in industrial units situated within a 500 metre radius of the depot. However, movement in a small area close to the fire would be restricted, an official added.
The Sitapura Industrial Association has rejected the relief package offered by the state government.
According to the association, of the 1,100 units situated in the area, 500 have suffered losses ranging from Rs.500,000 to Rs.700,000 each.
“In some of the units, losses are in millions,” said S.N. Kabra, association president.
“We totally reject the package offered by the state government. Offering rebates in the form of waiver of VAT collection, service tax and fire tax means nothing to us,” Kabra added.
Residents of the area have filed over 70 police complaints accusing the IOC of criminal negligence.
“We received 70 complaints yesterday. Based on these complaints, we have filed a single FIR (first information report) against IOC,” a police official said.
Residents have been complaining of lack of water and electricity, cut off since Thursday evening by the administration.
“We are not getting the required water we have to depend on tankers life has certainly become difficult,” said Ashok Jain, a resident of a colony near the depot.
“We are supplying water through tankers as electricity has been cut. We are trying our best to provide required water to the residents,” an official explained.
Compounding the woes, a dark cloud of smoke has covered the area. People have been complaining of difficulty in breathing and itching in the eyes.
The state pollution control board is monitoring the air pollution level. The department of environment has also constituted a panel to assess the impact of the fire. It will submit its report by Nov 15.
- Residents, police move against IOC, fires rage on (Night Lead) - Nov 04, 2009
- Indian Oil depot fire still on, death toll 10 - Nov 01, 2009
- Jaipur fire: Blaze slowly abating, area around site to open for nearby factory owners - Nov 02, 2009
- Life getting back on track as IOC fire abates - Nov 05, 2009
- Indian Oil depot fire continues, toll 11 - Nov 02, 2009
- Jaipur oil depot fire rages on, toll 10 (Lead) - Nov 01, 2009
- 11 dead as oil depot still burns, probe begins (Lead) - Nov 02, 2009
- Rajasthan asked to detail steps to control oil fire - Nov 03, 2009
- Jaipur Indian Oil depot blaze continues to rage - Oct 31, 2009
- Jaipur fire: FIR lodged against IOC officials for negligence - Nov 03, 2009
- Jaipur fire: Indian Oil faces negligence charge - Nov 03, 2009
- Three out of 11 oil tanks still ablaze at IOC depot in Jaipur - Nov 01, 2009
- IOC depot fire abating, health of residents affected (Lead) - Nov 04, 2009
- Nine Indian Oil Corp officials arrested in Jaipur blaze case - Jul 02, 2010
- Indian Oil fire continues to rage in Jaipur oil depot (Roundup) - Oct 30, 2009
Tags: ashok jain, association president, criminal negligence, district administration, fire tax, indian oil, information report, ioc, jaipur, kabra, kuldeep, lack of water, metre radius, police complaints, police official, resumption, rs 500, search operations, two tanks, wednesday evening