Union Government on 20 June 2014 constituted an independent High Level Committee to inquire into the incident of gas leakage in Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh that occurred on 12 June 2014. The Committee has been asked to submit its report by 17 July 2014
The independent High Level Committee will be headed by KK Mehrotra former CMD of Metallurgical and Engineering Consultants (India) limited along with three other members. The other three members will be
• KAP Singh, former MD of Bokaro Steel Plant
• SB Mathur, Director General of the Directorate General of Factory Advice Service & Labour Institute in Mumbai
• Soumitra Tarafder, Chief Scientist at the National Metallurgical Laboratory in Jamshedpur
About the Gas Leakage Incident in Bhilai Steel Plant
In the incident that occurred on 12 June 2014 a methane gas pipeline was leaked at a water pump house number-2 in the plant in which at least 6 people were killed and over 30 were injured.
About Bhilai Steel Plant
Bhilai Steel Plant established in 1959 with Soviet collaboration has been 11 times winner of Prime Minister's Trophy for best Integrated Steel Plant in the country. It is India’s sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and major producer of structural.
Background of creation of Steel Plants in India
After independence the builders of modern India worked with a vision - to lay the infrastructure for rapid industrialisaton of the country. To meet the purpose of industrialisation, they created a steel plant named as Hindustan Steel Private limited (HSPL) on 19 January 1954 to propel the economic growth of the country. HSPL was created to manage the only plant that was coming up at Rourkela. Further along with Bhilai other three plants were created and they were
• Rourkela Steel Plant established in 1959 with German collaboration is India’s first integrated steel plant in the public sector
• Durgapur Steel Plant established in 1965 with British collaboration
• Bokaro Steel Plant also established in 1965 with Soviet collaboration and is hailed as the country’s first Swadeshi steel plants that was built with maximum indigenous content in terms of equipment, material and know how
Steps initiated by other Steel Plants of India to strengthen the safety measures inside the plant after incident of Bhilai Steel Plant in which six people were killed leaving behind several others injured.
Initiatives taken by Durgapur Steel Plant include
• Strict enforcement of speed limits of vehicles
• Monitoring of gas pipelines
• Regular checking of thickness of pipelines
• Introduction of increased number of gas detection systems
• Enforcing use of full body harness and nets for jobs at height
• Better barricading at the sites of deep excavations
• More illumination at project sites
When: 20 June 2014