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Army to build bridge to help douse Assam oil well fire

Guwahati: The military has began to construct a 150-metre bridge over a water physique to facilitate technical works to manage fuel leakage and oil nicely hearth within the Tinsukia district of Assam, in accordance with officers, right here on Wednesday.

In view of the urgency of the scenario, Tinsukia District Deputy Commissioner Bhaskar Pegu requested the military to assemble a bridge over a water physique adjoining to the blowout nicely, stated an OIL official.

“The army is ferrying 17 trucks of material for the bailey bridge from 3 Corps army base at Misamari in the Tezpur district,” the official stated.

Fuel and oil condensate leakage on the Oil India’s (OIL) oil nicely at Baghjan, round 550 km east of right here, began on Might 27. It caught hearth on June 9, killing two OIL firefighters and injuring many others.

Specialists from Singapore-based Alert together with ONGC, OIL and NDRF engineers and specialists are making efforts to cap fuel and oil leakage and douse the hearth, which continued for the ninth day on Wednesday.

All India Radio, Dibrugarh, is twice a day broadcasting a bulletin known as “Baghjan Barta” since June 13 to tell folks concerning the progress in capping the nicely.

In keeping with an official launch, OIL misplaced 6,132 tonnes of crude oil manufacturing and seven.97 MMSCMD (million metric commonplace cubic metre per day) of pure fuel because of blockades by locals and scholar organisations in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

The agitators are demanding greater compensation and have accused OIL of the mishap. The federal government-owned OIL has supplied Rs 30,000 to every of the affected households. Safety forces have been deployed on the agitation websites by the district administrations.

Round 7,000 folks have been evacuated and sheltered in 14 reduction camps as the hearth broken over 35 homes and different properties.

Petroleum and Pure Fuel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior Ministers and officers visited the nicely website on Sunday and stated the affected folks could be adequately compensated for losses and motion could be taken in opposition to these chargeable for the incident.

An OIL spokesman stated a draft plan for controlling hearth had been submitted to the Petroleum and Pure Fuel Ministry. Gear is being introduced from totally different components of the nation.

Locals stated the hearth had left a path of devastation within the adjoining areas, together with a well-known lake. Farms with standing crops in addition to ponds and wetlands within the adjoining villages have additionally been affected.

Specialists, environmentalists and wildlife activists are nervous because the Dibru-Saikhowa Nationwide Park, identified for its feral horses, is simply 2 km away from the nicely website.

(IANS)

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