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15 people Killed in blast in GAIL pipeline at Nagaram Village, Andhra Pradesh

Jun 27, 2014 13:14 IST

15 people were killed and 20 injured in a blast in Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline at Nagaram Village in Andhra Pradesh. The incident happened on 27 June 2014.

The 18-inch pipeline of GAIL, in which blast happened, carries gas from state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp's (ONGC) gas field in the East Godavari district to Lanco's Kondapalli power plant near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
The pipeline supplied 0.5 million standard cubic metres of gas a day to a Kondapalli power plant.

Following the fire, ONGC shut two fields while electricity generation at 1466 megawatt Kondapalli power plant fell.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a compensation of 200000 rupees for the relatives of the dead and 50000 rupees for those injured.

Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has ordered an inquiry into the blast and fire. The inquiry committee will be headed by a Joint Secretary in oil Ministry and will have officials of Oil Industry Safety Directorate, NDMA and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) as members.

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