Nine persons were seriously injured in the fire disaster

Levinson Martins, Deputy Collector, SDM, Mormugao, on Tuesday submitted his preliminary report on the naphta pipeline leakage and fire disaster here to the State government in which he has blamed Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Limited and National Highway Authority of India for negligence.

He had been asked by the government to submit his preliminary report on Tuesday indicating reasons for cause of fire and the agencies who were responsible for it. A team of Central Commissioner for Explosives is in Goa to help the Magistrate to investigate the case.

The Vasco Police, south Goa on Monday evening filed criminal cases for negligence against vice president, manager, chief executive officer, deputy manager, manger tanking terminal of ZIOTL, project director, KMC Constructions Limited, officials of National Highway Authority of India and others for their alleged involvement in the latest disaster at Vasco in which naphta leakage of pipeline of ZIOTL resulted in fire break-out which injured eight people including children and damaged some houses from August 19 wee hours till August 21.

An official spokesman of police told The Hindu that the cases had been filed under sections 336,337,338,427,285 read with section 34 of Indian Penal Code. The State government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the mishap . Around nine persons were reportedly grievously injured and around 12 affected families evacuated to the safer place.

Mr. Levinson has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit his final report within 10 days. The terms of reference include assessing the damage/ loss to the property, and lives of the people; reasons leading to the bursting/ leakage of the pipeline at Varunapuri/ Mangor carrying naphtha from MPT (Port) to Zuari Nagar Terminal of Zuari and Indian Oil Tanking, whether the ZIOTL and other concerned agencies had adequate preparedness to prevent such mishaps as prescribed under the Rules and Standing orders; any negligence on the part of ZIOTL or any individual/ organization in proper maintenance of the pipeline and to fix responsibility for such lapses if any; the precautionary measures that were needed to be taken by the company and other agencies in order to avoid such incidents in future to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens. Meanwhile, Chairman of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) P. Mara Pandiyan on Tuesday convened a meeting at MPT Headquarters here following the naphtha fire in Vasco.

The meeting, attended by the Chief Inspector of Factories and Boilers, Goa and senior officials of oil companies, comes after a decision by MPT to stop ships carrying oil from being berthed at the port as a precautionary measure.

An official of MPT said on Tuesday at the meeting, the Chief Inspector of Factories and Boilers gave an undertaking and certified that the pipeline from MPT's berth number eight to Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) tank at Vasco was safe. MPT then allowed a ship ‘Eagle Mirat' to offload 2,000 Kl of oil at berth number eight for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).

BPCL stated that with this quantity there would be no shortage of oil for next 20 days at their outlets. In addition, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) officials said they had a stock which was sufficient for all their outlets in Goa for the next 20 days. The MPT Chairman has urged the public not to panic and avoid stocking up on fuel.

  • Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Limited and NHAI blamed for negligence
  • Final report to be submitted within 10 days