At least 9 employees lost their lives due to the Gas Pipeline Blast at Bhilai Steel Plant. 14 Others who suffered severe burn injuries are being treated at the Burns Unit of Bhilai Hospital.
A major fire broke out at a gas pipeline in the Coke Oven Battery Complex No.11 during the regular maintenance exercise. The deceased include both regular and contractual employees.
Bhilai Steel Plant is being rated as the best among those under the control of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL). It's been awarded the Trophy of Best Integrated Steel Plant for 11 times by Prime Minister. Unfortunately, Two Major Accidents happened in the same steel plant in the past four years. Two Senior Officials and 6 Workers died in June 2014 due to the leakage of Carbon Monoxide.
Soon after knowing about the tragedy, SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhury and Union Steel Secretary Binoy Kumar had rushed to Bhilai in Durg District, Chhattisgarh.