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36 hours on, Jaipur oil depot fire still blazing

india Updated: Oct 31, 2009 12:40 IST

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Thirty-six hours on, the fire at Jaipur's Indian Oil depot is still blazing and officials say it could be a while before it is doused.

According to the officials last night the fire would take at least another 36 hours more to die down.

The fire has claimed at least 7 lives and injured over 150 so far. It broke out after about 50,000 kilolitres of fuel, mostly diesel, caught fire due to a pipeline leak at one of the tanks. Petroleum Minister Murli Deora visited the site on Friday.

Indian Oil will give an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of each employee killed in the blaze, Rs 2 lakh for each of those seriously injured and Rs1 lakh for those with minor injuries. In addition, the state government has already announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of those who died and Rs.1 lakh for the seriously injured.

Deora also announced that the high-level enquiry committee has been set up, to be headed by the former chairman and managing director of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd M.B. Lal. It will also include the executive director of Oil Industry Safety Directorate as member secretary, Rajasthan government's principal secretary for mining and petroleum Govind Sharma and two experts from the oil industry.

The committee has been given six weeks to submit a report to the Petroleum Ministry.

The minister also met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and assured him that supply of petroleum products will not be affected by the accident.

"This will be done by working additional shifts and also working on Sundays," a ministry statement said, quoting the minister.

Hindustan Petroleum, which has recently commissioned a petroleum product terminal at Bagru, near Jaipur on its Mudra-Delhi product pipeline, will take care of the requirements of the products in the area along with other nearby oil depots.