The government on Tuesday ordered a safety audit of all oil and gas installations across the country after the massive fire at the Indian Oil Corporation’s fuel depot in Jaipur that continues to rage even five days after breaking out.
The decision was taken at a meeting called by Petroleum Minister Murli Deora to review safety measures in oil installations with top experts from the public, private and multi-nationals firms participating.
Deora said all oil and gas installations in the country will carry out the self safety audits by December 31.
After the special safety audit, all oil and gas installations will have their safety audits done on a quarterly basis. “All major as well as minor incidents in any such installation/setups in the country including that of private companies will be reported to Oil Industry Safety Directorate,” he said.
Petroleum secretary R.S. Pandey said that companies have been directed to shift their fuel depots and terminals from densely populated areas.