It will submit report on Vidyadharapuram cylinder blast by Aug. 15

A team of officials from the office of Controller of Explosives, Hyderabad, arrived in the city to visit CNG dispensing plants and to assess the causes that led to the blast of a CNG cylinder at Vidyadharapuram unit on January 4 this year.

On Wednesday, the team, accompanied by the Bhagyanagar Gas Limited (BGL) officials, visited the CNG mother station at Nainavaram from where the BGL, fuel supplying agency, operates its other plants in the city. This was followed by a visit to Vidyadharapuram plant that had to be shut down after the cylinder blast, on Thursday.

Sources said members of the explosive wing were by and large happy with the precautionary initiatives taken by the BGL in the wake of the blast. Taking into consideration the various aspects that led to the blast and the situation in the aftermath, they will prepare a report and submit it to T. R. Thomas, the Chief Controller of Explosives with the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Nagpur, tentatively by August 15.

“We expect things to be sorted out by this month-end, which will also mean an end to our CNG woes,” an elated K.V.R.K. Prasad, Regional Manager of the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) told The Hindu.

Crisis

Closure of the Vidyadharapuram fuel re-filling station compounded the problem of the CNG scarcity in the region. The RTC officials could not operate many of their buses for want of CNG. Later, non-functioning of one of the three compressors further added to the crisis.

In its report to the departmental higher-ups, the local RTC officials submitted that nearly 27 CNG buses were confined to the depot due to fuel shortage and pegged the revenue loss on this account at Rs. 2 crore.

The BGL has finally replaced the damaged compressor and has also brought in an additional one to be installed very soon. The RTC officials are happy for it will take care of their CNG needs in a full-fledged way.

Currently, the RTC is supplied 18-19 tonnes of the fuel every day against the need of 21 tonnes. “Installation of the fourth compressor will take care of the remaining part of our needs very soon,” said Mr. Prasad.

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