Fire at the OIL gas well at Baghjan. File photo Credit: EastMojo Image

Baghjan: As the fire at Oil India Limited (OIL) gas well at Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia district of the state continues till Thursday morning, the OIL has announced compensation to two of its firemen who lost their lives at the blaze site.

Based on their structure of official contract and years of service at the oil major company, the OIL has decided to give Rs 1 crore to the family of Tikheswar Gohain and Rs 60 lakh to the family of Durlov Gogoi. Both the families would also receive pension and other financial benefits. One eligible member from each family will be given a job in Oil India.

Meanwhile, the affected people in Baghjan have demanded the authorities concerned to provide them adequate compensation for their survival in the next 100 years.

The gas well site

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“Everything has been destroyed here. Our agriculture field, etc., have been damaged forever due to fire and oil spill. We can’t produce anything in our agriculture fields here. How will we survive? So, we demand both the state government and the OIL to give us compensation. The villagers and its future generation should be able to survive the next 100 years,” the agitated villagers of Baghjan told senior Assam minister Chandra Mohan Patowary who visited the Baghjan well site.

The Assam minister also held a series of meetings with the Tinsukia district administration, CMD and other top officials of Oil India, oilfield experts and representatives of various local organisations at Tinsukia.

The minister discussed in detail the Baghjan oil well fire incident and action plan for controlling the situation. It was decided that all possible help and care to the affected people of the Baghjan area will be taken by the government of Assam and Oil India.

During the meeting, the OIL CMD also assured the state government representative that the fire at the well site would be doused within 21 days. The CMD also announced that the two firemen would be posthumously given awarded for bravery by the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas.

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Fire continues at Baghjan

The oil company has already decided to give Rs 30,000 to each family displaced from their homes and living in relief camps. The amount will be deposited in the bank accounts of affected families.

Yesterday, almost 14 days after the gas blowout happened, OIL has suspended two senior officials from Oil & Gas Production Services (OGPS) and drilling department.

The officers have been identified as chief engineer of OGPS, Bidyut Pawan Das, and superintending engineer, drilling, Debojit Das.

In an exclusive conversation with this correspondent, chairman and managing director (CMD) of OIL Sushil Chandra Mishra said, “Two officials have been suspended with immediate effect.”

A team of Singapore-based emergency response team has also been deployed at Baghjan in Tinsukia district where the fire has broken out.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal spoke to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and defence minister Rajnath Singh on the current situation and requested Indian Air Force’s (IAF) intervention to help douse the flames at the earliest.

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