Pipeline mishap in Indore: Gas distributor, firm trade charges

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Sep 01, 2014 18:17 IST

A day after three people sustained serious burn injuries after a piped natural gas (PNG) pipeline burst and caught fire in Banganga area, a blame game has begun on who was responsible for the mishap.

The gas distributor Avantika Gas Limited and construction company involved in road digging work, which damaged the pipeline, have blamed each other for the negligence.

Talking to HT, a senior official of Avantika Gas Ltd said, "The pipeline was damaged due to digging work using JCB machine for road construction. One of our patrolling personnel had earlier warned the JCB operator that a PNG pipeline was running beneath the spot where digging work was being undertaken. However, the operator ignored the warning and as a result the pipeline, which was 1.2 metre deep, got damaged and caught fire."

The incident took place at around 11am on Saturday when a JCB machine of BR Goyal Construction Company was carrying out digging work to uproot a tree for road construction. Apart for the three people who were admitted to hospital, few other people also sustained minor burn injuries in the incident.However, director of BR Goyal Constructions Rajendra Goyal has refuted the allegations. "No one informed the JCB operator that there was a gas pipeline where digging work was being undertaken," he said.

The sudden explosion and fire caught the shop owners and passersby by surprise and they got singed by the flames that leapt several metre high.

Meanwhile, Banganga police is investigating the cause behind the mishap and is yet to register a case.

However, it has registered a case under sections 147, 149, 427 of IPC against unknown people who created ruckus and pelted stones following the incident.

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