Lok Sabha MP from Assam Dilip Saikia has urged the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas to immediately implement the recommendations mentioned in the MK Yadav report.
“I request you to kindly instruct the concerned authority to implement MK Yadav report with immediate effect,” MP Dilip Saikia said in his letter to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas.
The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri Beel lie adjacent to the disaster-hit well number 5 of the Baghjan oil fields.
Saikia said, “The leaked condensate had affected local crops and plants, including bamboo, tea, bananas and betel nuts. Wind conditions had carried the leaked gas towards Dibru-Saikhowa National Park,”.
A blowout, explosion and fire lasting more than five months, from May 27 to November 15, 2020, in the Baghjan oil fields in Assam’s Tinsukia district resulted in loss of an estimated 55 per cent of the biodiversity in the affected Dibru-Saikhowa landscape.
As many as 1,632 hectares of wetland, 523 ha of grassland, 172 ha of the area covering rivers and streams, and 213 ha of forest were damaged to varying degrees.