Blast at MRPL site remains mystery

Posted on Oct 20th, 2011 and filed under Crime/Mishaps.

MANGALORE : The blast at the construction site of the third phase expansion works of MRPL

on October 18, Tuesday, that killed one labourer and injured four others seriously is still

shrouded in mystery with the exact cause of the blast not yet known. Though it is being said

that the mishap took place when the labourers were engaged in welding works, the facts are yet

to be out. According to one of the 25 labourers who was engaged in the work, the tank which

they were painting hotted up and there was an explosion. The in-charge officer of the Off-shore

Infrastructure Ltd, said a spark from the welding might have fallen on the paint leading to the

blast in the oil tank..

A case has been registered in Suratkal police station against the Engineers Indian Ltd. Police

inspector Belliappa said cases have also been registered against a few company officials. This is

the third major tragedy in the MRPL site since July. It may be recalled here that a labourer had

died at the same site last month.

Though MM Chauhan, General Manager of Offshore Infrastructure Ltd has said that the

company would be offering compensation to the family of the deceased labourer and other

injured as per rules, it has now been learnt that the injured labourers admitted to the Kankanady

Hospital are struggling to arrange funds for medicine and food.

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