Assam

Baghjan well on fire for the sixth day: Union Minister, CM to take stock at ground zero

The Baghjan oil well in Asam’s Tinsukia districts is on fire for the sixth day today and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal would be visiting the area to take stock of the situation today. Pradhan, who reached Assam on Saturday, has assured the State government that the petroleum ministry would provide adequate compensation to the people affected by the Baghjan mishap. 

Pradhan will review the situation and the damages at ground zero in Baghjan today along with Sonowal.

On Saturday he held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Doley, and senior officials of the State government.

Senior officials of the Oil India Limited participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

During the meeting, both Chief Minister Sonowal and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan talked to senior OIL officials and Minister of Industry and Commerce of Assam Government Chandra Mohan Patowary who is presently camping at Tinsukia through video conference to have an understanding about the ground situation and the measures taken by OIL to cap the well.

The Union Minister during the interaction took stock of the support rendered by the State Government and stressed on working on a war footing to cap the well. He also assured that his ministry is closely monitoring the situation and assured that all necessary steps would be taken by the Government of India to provide succor to the affected families, A Government press release added. 

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