Rajasthan: Gas leak continues near int’l border, fire threat looms

  • Dinesh Bothra, Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2015 12:34 IST

Gas continues to leak from a well of Oil India Limited (OIL) near the international border adjoining Pakistan at Dandewala village in Jaisalmer district, despite intervention by technical experts from ONGC and OIL.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has also been alerted as the well is three kilometers far from international border with Pakistan. The greatest worry, according to experts, is the possibility of the leaked gas catching fire. The traffic and pedestrian movement in and around Dandewala has been stopped for probability of the gas catching fire.

Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner, Ratan Lahoti said OIL officials have assured him of little control over the leakage by Monday night. The sand is also being thrown into the well, Lahoti said. He, however, refuted chances of danger on Indian side as the nearest human settlement is about 30 to 35 kilometers far from the spot. “Shepherds and cow boys are not allowed to graze cattle close to the site,” he said.

DIG of BSF Rajasthan, Frontier Ravi Gandhi said that following the receipt of information about the leakage from OIL officials, alert was sounded at all concerned BSF check posts. The gas from well in Dandewala is supplied to power generation plant in Ramgarh.

Shepherds and cow boys informed OIL officials about the gas leakage from the well a few days ago after noticing clouds of sand pumping out of the well. OIL officials have stopped gas supply from the well after the information of gas leakage but the situation worsened after halt of the supply. The gas, after the supply was stopped, broke the casing, resulting in leakage from several places.

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